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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.

“We were feeling lost and frustrated that as parents we couldn’t seem to break our son's cycle of explosive angry outbursts. But SNAP has provided us with essential tools to help us cope as individuals and as a family.”

Parents of a SNAP Boy