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Award-winning SNAP program expands to seven new sites in Ontario

In late 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) endorsed SNAP as a key component of its enhanced Youth Action Plan and as part of its commitment to develop a Middle Years Strategy to help young people make better choices and successfully transition into their teen years.

As part of this action plan, MCYS is funding new and expanded programs to support at-risk youth and high needs communities. The ministry is investing in the expansion of SNAP to seven new sites across Ontario, and the SNAP teams are hard at work ensuring the program is or will be available to families in these communities in the coming weeks.

“Woodview Mental Health and Six Nations of the Grand are joining forces to bring a behavioural model that provides a framework for teaching children and parents techniques to achieve emotional regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills that will carry them through their lives,” says Flora Ennis, Director of Service/System with Woodview Mental Health. “By combining our strengths, our community can only get stronger in keeping our children in school and out of trouble.”
SNAP is expanding to the following sites:
Service Area
Brantford Six Nations Social Services – in partnership with Woodview Mental Health and Boys and Girls Club of Brantford
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Kinark Child and Family Services (York)
Child Development Institute (CDI) Toronto East End location
Kingston Pathways for Children and Youth – in partnership with Boys and Girls Club of Kingston
Peterborough Kinark Child and Family Services 
Sudbury Child and Family Centre
Thunder Bay Dilico Anishinabek Family Care – in partnership with the Children’s Centre of Thunder Bay

SNAP East End site launches

at CDI's Euclid location

(L-R) Richard Mah, Ashley Pearce, Sylvon Hutson, Eli McBean, Leah Guastavino, Carly Greenberg.
On March 30, 2016, six families took part in the first Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) Boys session held at CDI’s Euclid location.

SNAP Boys is a family-focused, early intervention program for boys ages 6 to 11 who are engaging in problematic, aggressive, antisocial behaviour and/or have come into contact with authority figures. The program aims to prevent antisocial behaviour and reduce the chance of future conflict with authorities through timely and effective early intervention.

As part of CDI’s efforts to decrease wait times, the Euclid location will be hosting children and families participating in the SNAP Boys program each week. The SNAP program is being offered out of CDI’s Euclid location while efforts are made to secure a location for program delivery in Toronto’s east end. The first 13-week group runs until the end of June.

“By offering SNAP programming out of both our St. Clair Gardens and Euclid locations, we’ve been able to double our capacity and begin to reduce our waitlist, helping more families access the help they need,” says Richard Mah, SNAP Coordinator for the East End Team. “Our experienced and highly-trained staff are looking forward to helping more families in Toronto learn to effectively manage their emotions and ‘keep their problems small,’” he says.

To learn more about the SNAP program visit

Featured Supporter:

Community Foundation of Ottawa

SNAP reaches Ottawa! Staff at Pembroke’s Phoenix Centre and the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre are trained to deliver SNAP to their client base.
CDI’s SNAP team is very thankful to have the visionary support of two Ottawa-based change-makers who, after seeing SNAP in action in Toronto, wished to see similar impact in neighbourhoods of their home city that could benefit from SNAP. As advisors to the donors, The Community Foundation of Ottawa worked in partnership with CDI to bring SNAP to high-risk children and their families in a vulnerable Ottawa neighbourhood.

“The Community Foundation is proud to have been able to bring a donor with a vested interest in bringing about social change among our city’s youth together with CDI’s SNAP team in order to bring this valuable project to fruition,” said Bibi Patel, Vice-President of the Community Foundation of Ottawa. “It’s always particularly rewarding to see this type of community collaboration begin to bring about real positive and systemic change in our community.”

On behalf of the entire team at CDI, we would like to thank both the donor and the Community Foundation of Ottawa for ensuring that as many children as possible have access to SNAP.  Click here to read more.
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