Youth Strengths Conference Recap

The AT-CURA team and partners gathered at the opening reception for the Youth Strengths Conference.

The AT-CURA team and partners gathered at the opening reception for the Youth Strengths Conference.

The Acting Together-CURA Youth Strengths Conference wrapped up on July 25th, after three days of inspiring and informative presentations, performances and sessions.

Five years after the AT-CURA program launched, we now have research results indicating character strengths and lifestyle factors which most strongly correlate with youth choosing against gang involvement. The program has also facilitated relationships between many community organizations and individuals that share an interest in reducing youth violence and building resilience, and it is our intention that these community groups and members will continue to work together to make further progress on these goals after the program concludes. As the AT-CURA program begins to wind down, applications for the research findings will be discussed and developed with the community partners. Policies and programs will be positively impacted by the results of our years working together.

AT-CURA would like to thank those involved for their contributions to this conference and to the project. The conference was sold out with over 200 in attendance representing a wide range of society: academic researchers, policy-makers, police, parents, teachers, youth, students and service providers.

The conference received extensive media coverage, which included television spots, radio interviews, and news articles. For links to the media coverage, click here.

Senator Ogilvie Honours AT-CURA Gang Prevention Research Project

AT-CURA in Ottawa at Hon. Senator Ogilvie’s Social Innovation and Research Impact Event.

AT-CURA in Ottawa at Hon. Senator Ogilvie’s Social Innovation and Research Impact Event.

(OTTAWA)  When Senator Ogilvie looked for taxpayer-funded research projects that have demonstrable benefit to the lives of children and youth, he picked seven projects operating within Canadian universities. Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) federally funded “Acting Together” Community University Research Alliance (AT-CURA) project was one of them.

A small delegation travelled to Ottawa last week to present the highlights of AT-CURA’s gang prevention research project in a kiosk event hosted by Senator Ogilvie on parliament hill. Read more…

AT-CURA Receives Crime Prevention and Community Safety Award

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton presents Dr. Gira Bhatt with a Crime Prevention and Community Safety Award in recognition of Acting Together-CURA's work. Photo credit: xxxxxxxxx

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton presents Dr. Gira Bhatt with a Crime Prevention and Community Safety Award in recognition of Acting Together-CURA’s work.     Photo courtesy: Province of British Columbia

Acting Together-CURA’s groundbreaking work to prevent gang-related youth violence was recognized Friday with a prestigious award.

B.C.’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton presented Dr. Gira Bhatt with the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Award on Nov. 1 at an annual ceremony recognizing “outstanding contributions toward crime prevention and community safety” in the province.

The award acknowledged AT-CURA’s successes, innovative methods, and commitment to the community in its aim to identify protective factors that will prevent youth from being vulnerable to gang involvement.

The project was nominated for the award by Dan Malo, chief officer of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit-BC, and by Balwant Sanghera, chair of the South Asian Community Coalition Against Youth Violence. Read more…