Rob Rai currently holds the position of Manager of Safe Schools for the Surrey School District, and has been working in the field of school-based youth violence prevention for the last 10 years.
His work in this field has taken him throughout North America where he has collaborated with experts on the subject in both Canada and the USA. Rai and the Surrey School District opened the Wrap Project in 2009, which provides services to at-risk youth who exhibit signs of gang associated behaviour. His name has become well-known nationally, and in major urban cities in the U.S.A., for his innovative approaches to tackling gang problems.
Rai discovered his passion for working with youth when overseeing the financial end of youth programs before shifting his focus to one-on-one interactions with kids in 1997. Rai is a speaker on nearly every gang conference lineup in Canada and some in the U.S.A., appearing at high-profile events in Chicago, L.A., Toronto, Quebec, Alberta, B.C. and beyond. Recognised for his innovative approaches to working with students and at-risk youth, Rai has been awarded numerous honours in Canada and in the USA, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012.