The Bridging Project: Seeking Participants for a Study on Reintegration of Somali Youth



Seeking Participants for a Study on Reintegration of Somali Youth

A research project to determine the effectiveness of policies, procedures and programs in North Etobicoke to help with the reintegration process of previously incarcerated Somali youth. Through one on one interviews and focus group discussions, The Bridging Project (TBP) will assess the accessibility and efficacy of reintegration programs in Toronto for young women and men who self-identify as Somali Canadian. A final report will be submitted to the City of Toronto that will include findings and recommendations.

Who can take part in the study?

Self Identifying Somali Men and Women who have been previously incarcerated.

Must live or previously lived in Etobicoke.

What will you do?

Take part in a face-to-face interview for 30-45 minutes, at a location of your choice.

All responses will remain confidential. Interviews may be audio recorded, with your permission. You may withdraw your participation at any time during an interview or a focus group discussion. You may also decline to respond to any questions. Discussions will be coded and analyzed to find emerging themes. 

Voluntary Participation:

Participation in this study is strictly voluntary. If you wish, you may decline to answer any questions or participate in any component of the study. Further, you may decide to withdraw from this study at any time and may do so without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled. Participants will receive an Honorarium and TTC tokens.

About the UARR:

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) is a non-profit community based organization that has operated for more than 35 years to address inequality. We work primarily and proactively with the community, public and private sectors to provide educational programs and research through our non-profit charitable organization known as the Urban Alliance.


Jason Merai                                                                                                                              Jaafar Dirie

Executive Director                                                                                                        Organizer/Researcher                                                                                 

416.703.6607 x2                                                                                                                     416.703.6607


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