Solid State was established in 2015 in Surrey, BC, to address the economic immobilities of racialized migrant youth. We were alarmed by narratives that fixated on gangs, violence and crime while ignoring intolerance, racism and the lack of equal job opportunities and training. After years of research and consultation, we are building a network of supporters, advisors, collaborating organizations, participants and their families to continue to develop this project.
Solid State started out with our first cohort in 2017 and has grown swiftly and steadily since. We encourage youth to create their own enterprises, particularly in the form of new for-profit and non-profit co-operatives.