The Bridging Project

The Bridging Project (TBP) is 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, 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.

Deliverables of the project included:

  • Improve and expand accessibility and use of re-integration programs in north Etobicoke for young people in the Somali Canadian community.
  • Enhance and expand community capacity to respond to access and equity needs for Somali Canadian community in Toronto.
  • Expand Somali Canadian youth leadership development through Participatory Action Research.
  • Report recommendations and action plans that resonated with Somali Canadian community as a result of their participation throughout the process;
  • Community research participants involved in the project will demonstrate greater research and leadership skills as indicated by voluntary involvement in social justice oriented activities in their communities
  • Disseminate results through media release, both UARR and Positive Change websites, relevant stakeholders, contact lists and other social media platform;

The Community Research Group and Community Advisory Committee provided oversight and support to the project. The project was coordinated by, Jaafar Dirie, community organizer, research, and staff member at UARR.

Making Noise @ Humber

The Gender Based Violence Prevention Project

A project to engage and establish working partnerships with all members of the Humber community to address violence against women at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Humber ITAL) campuses.


Based on funding from the Status of Women Canada, Humber College has the unique opportunity to partner with the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) to raise awareness on violence against women/gender-based violence on a post-secondary campus. This Two-year initiative will work in partnership with the Humber Students’ Federation (HSF) and Humber College to examine current institutional policies and programs, social dynamics, security provisions and physical safety issues to address this important issue. Project development and implementation will be led in partnership with external community members.



GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (GBV) TOOLKIT: “Guide to Making Noise @Humber”