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In addition to SNAP® Boys and SNAP® Girls, a number of other SNAP programs have been developed:

SNAP® Youth Programs

  • SNAP® Youth Leadership Services provide additional support for SNAP graduates to help them deal with the emerging issues of adolescence. SNAP Youth Leadership Services include a number of treatment components, including: leadership clubs, employment counselling, a summer Leaders-in-Training Program, school advocacy and tutoring, individual and family counselling, parent workshops and victim restitution.
  • SNAP® Youth Outreach is an intervention/prevention program in Toronto’s Jane-Finch neighbourhood. Based on the SNAP model, the program aims to help high-risk youth develop prosocial skills, self-control and problem-solving skills, and to focus on building positive family and school relationships. Youth are referred to this program by parents, teachers, social workers, police and others.

SNAP® Youth Justice

SNAP Youth Justice aims to reduce the risk of further contact with the law and/or gang membership among males between the ages of 12 and 19 who are involved in the youth justice system, either in custody, on probation and/or in the community.

SNAP® Schools

The SNAP strategy has been widely used in a variety of school settings over the past 30 years.

Schools are a key community stakeholder in early intervention, and we are working closely with them as part of our current SNAP Expansion Strategy. We are offering one-day SNAP Strategy Training in communities across Canada where a SNAP Affiliate Site has been established and is delivering SNAP Boys and SNAP Girls programs.

The one-day training aims to provide school personnel with an increased understanding of children with disruptive behaviour problems, strategies that can be used in the moment to help them deal with behavioural issues and an overview of how to recognise and respond to behavioural concerns and other risk factors including helping families access mental health or other services within their community.

In some communities where resources allow it, a more comprehensive SNAP Schools (SNAP-S) program based on the SNAP model can be offered. This is typically the case when a community does not have a children’s mental health service agency available to deliver the SNAP Boys and SNAP Girls programs.

Delivered to students ages 6-11, this program focuses on helping participants develop SNAP skills to promote a positive change in behaviour. The 13-week in-class program covers topics such as managing anger, handling group/peer pressure and dealing with bullying. The program also offers individual interventions for identified students, while the rest of the class benefits from the universal skills learned in the SNAP classroom sessions. In addition, SNAP Parenting sessions offered in groups or individual sessions are available to parents of the identified children.

For more information on SNAP in Schools please contact Nicola Slater, SNAP Implementation Manager

Camp Wimodausis

Camp Wimodausis is a specialized SNAP day camp for children ages 6 to 11 whose social and behaviour problems would otherwise prevent them from attending a summer day camp. Two summer sessions in July and August are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Children may attend one four-week session, with a maximum of 24 children enrolled in each session.

The program is highly-structured to maximize opportunities for success. In small groups of six, with two qualified counsellors, children learn to use SNAP to manage their behaviour, exercise self-control and resolve problems. Children participate in fun and educational activities including arts and crafts, sports, music, swimming, special interest clubs, weekly field trips, nature hikes and theme days.

Camp Wimodausis also offers a Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program for youth who are participating in the SNAP Youth Leadership programs or are past campers.

The camp is held at CDI’s St. Clair Gardens location. It is offered free of charge, although there is a $25 application fee. 

SNAP® for Aboriginal Communities

The SNAP for Aboriginal Communities model was developed as a result of the sharing of knowledge, experience, wisdom, challenges and successes from our Indigenous partners and community advisors. SNAP is currently being replicated in the Waswanipi and Mistissini communities, Quebec; the Shawanaga and Wasauksing First Nations, Ontario; Prince Albert Métis Women’s Association, Saskatchewan; Bigstone Cree Nation, Oski Pasikoniwew Kamik and Alexander First Nations, Kipohtakaw Education Centre, Alberta; and Youth Achievement Centre, Yukon.

To assist Indigenous community members with implementing the program, the SNAP Facilitator’s Guide for Aboriginal Communities was developed in partnership with the Anishinabek Police Service, Shawanaga First Nations Education Department and Native Child and Family Services in Toronto. The guide ensures the program is culturally safe and relevant, aligned with the values and beliefs of local communities and introduced and presented in ways that are welcoming.

“He wasn’t a choice-maker. He’d just follow. Now he’s making better choices for himself. He knows he has a choice to hang out with the bad kids or be a good kid and ignore it all.”

Parent of SNAP boy