Call for Submissions: AT-CURA Youth Strengths Conference, July 23-25, 2014

Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Metro Vancouver, BC, hosts SSHRC funded CURA project conference on July 23-25, 2014.

AT-CURA Youth Strengths Conference posterSubmissions due: February 28, 2014

What topics would be considered?

Here are some examples of topics that would be appropriate for the conference:

  • Youth resilience
  • Community engagement for violence prevention
  • Using youth strengths to help at-risk youth
  • Gang-prevention programs and initiatives
  • Youth character strengths and well-being
  • Youth violence reduction
  • Youth delinquency prevention
  • Programs for building youth strengths
  • Relevant pedagogy / education / curriculum
  • Relevant popular media research and implications

What other criteria are important?

In keeping with the conference goals, special consideration will be given to submissions that do any of the following:

  • illustrate collaboration between academics and community with a goal of promoting youth strengths to prevent violence and criminal activities such as gang involvement,
  • illustrate how evidence-based research may be used to develop programs and influence policy-making to promote youth strengths to prevent violence and criminal activities including gang involvement, or
  • report on evidence-based research about the relationship between youth strengths and gang/violence prevention.

Who should submit?

We encourage submissions from researchers, policy makers, service providers, police agencies, graduate students, youth, parents, and teachers.

What types of submissions will you accept?

Most accepted submissions will take place in 50 minute sessions or in a special poster session.  The following types of submissions are encouraged:

  1. Interactive workshop: Interactive workshops will involve extensive audience interaction and training in particular skills.
  2. Themed collaboration (symposium): A themed collaboration will involve a number of presenters who will be recruited and coordinated by you. Your session should allow some time for Q & A or other interaction with conference participants.
  3. Panel session: A panel session will involve a moderator and number of experts (panelists) who will be recruited and coordinated by you. The moderator will ask panelists to respond to questions on a particular theme. Conference participants should be encouraged to pose questions as well and to engage in dialogue with the panelists.
  4. Facilitated conversation: A facilitated conversation is similar to a panel session, but will involve less focus on the experts and a stronger role for the moderator in facilitating two way interaction between the panelists and conference participants.
  5. Individual talk: Individual talks will be 10-15 minutes long. They will be grouped with other talks on similar themes.
  6. Poster: Posters will be featured in a special conference session during which authors will be present to discuss their posters with conference participants. Posters should be designed to fit into a 4’ x 4’ space.

What is the deadline?

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014.  We will notify successful applicants by March 15, 2014.

How do I submit my proposal?

Your submission should include:

  • A title
  • A biography (100 words) of yourself and biographies of other presenters/authors, if any
  • An abstract (description of 150-300 words) of your session. You may also include abstracts for other presenters/authors in your session.

Use our online submission form to submit your proposal.


If you have any questions about the submission process, please email or call  Catherine Parlee at 1+ (604) 599-3163.

Visit the AT-CURA Youth Strengths Conference website for more details about this event.

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