The primary goal of SNAP® is to keep children in school and out of trouble.
SNAP® stands for STOP NOW AND PLAN. The gender-sensitive SNAP® Boys and SNAP® Girls programs are designed for children ages 6-11 who are engaging in aggressive, anti-social behaviour and/or have come into contact with authority figures at school or in the community. Experienced and highly trained staff work with each family to assess challenges and problems and develop an action plan. Children and families may participate in the following components, with the goal of promoting pro-social behaviour and reducing the chances of future conflict with family, peers and authority figures:
- SNAP Boys and Girls groups
- SNAP Caregivers Group
- Homework/Tutoring club
- Individual child counselling/Mentoring and community connections
- School Advocacy/Teacher Support
- SNAP Family Counselling
SNAP® was developed by Child Development Institute, an accredited children’s mental health organization in Toronto in 1985 as an intervention program for boys under 12 in conflict with the law. Since then, the program has grown into an internationally recognized model for teaching children and their parents effective emotion-regulation, self-control and problem-solving.
See the SNAP brochure for more information.
Referrals & Cost
Services are available to families at no cost. Childcare and transportation assistance is also available.
Referrals can be made to:
SNAP® services at Key Assets are fully funded through the Crime Prevention Action Fund, Public Safety Canada, Government of Canada.