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SNAP® Awards and Designations

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SNAP® has received numerous national and international awards and designations. Recent awards and distinctions include the following:


  • SNAP received the 2018 International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioner's Community Based Program of the Year (Population over 100,000)


  • SNAP was awarded the prestigious Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award by the Atkinson Foundation


  • Kathryn Levene, co-developer of the SNAP model and primary developer of SNAP Girls, is selected by YWCA Toronto as a 2014 Woman of Distinction.


  • SNAP was selected by the Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, now known as LEAP, as their inaugural project for social innovation in children’s mental health (2013).


  • Child Development Institute was selected as recipient of The 2012 Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards for Social Innovation.
  • Dr. Leena Augimeri was selected as recipient of The 2012 Elizabeth Manson Award for Community Service in Children’s Mental Health (The Hospital for Sick Children).
  • SNAP Boys was endorsed by the U.S. Department Justice's Programs (OJP) and added to their Crime Solutions effort as an Effective Program (2012).


  • Public Health Agency of Canada selected SNAP as a Canadian Violence Prevention Best Practice (2011).


  • Dr. Leena Augimeri received a fellow award by the Academy of Experimental Criminology at the American Society of Criminology Conference for outstanding research conducting random trials in an applied setting (2008).
  • SNAP was identified by Public Safety Canada’s National Crime Prevention Centre as a model crime prevention program and was selected to be replicated across Canada (2008).


  • CDI’s Dr. Leena Augimeri was named an Innovator by the Centre for Excellence in Children’s Mental Health honouring her work with at-risk youth (2007).


  • SNAP receives the highest rating (exemplary and Level 1) for evidence-based programs by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the U.S. White House’s Find Youth Info Program (2006).


  • Centre for Children Committing Offence (CCCO) was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Achievement Research and Evaluation Award from the Child Welfare League of Canada (2004).
  • SNAP was highlighted in the Roots of Violence Committee, led by the Hon. Roy McMurtry and Dr. Alvin Curling, as a crime prevention and intervention model for children under age 12 in conflict with the law.

“Two polar opposites: I would either be really withdrawn or really aggressive. SNAP changed that.”