Surrey: The Kwantlen Polytechnic University-led youth violence and gang prevention research project has yet again been recognized for its contributions to the community.

“This certificate is a significant milestone in our collaborative journey. It reflects the acknowledgement of academic-community partnerships which are at the foundation of our collective efforts to protect our kids from starting down the dangerous path to the criminal world,” said Dr. Gira Bhatt, Principle Investigator and Director of Acting Together.

Acting Together received a CURA award of $1-million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada in 2009. Since then, the project has worked to identify factors that protect youth from violence and gang involvement, and develop community strategies that build off of those findings. The KPU-led project has been a champion and leader of collaboration between service agencies, community organizations, government and academic institutions in the region for over five years.