We're celebrating SNAP's 30th anniversary with a special issue of our monthly newsletter. 
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(L-R) Janet MacPhail (SNAP Campaign Cabinet co-chair), Kathy Levene (CDI associate and children's mental health services director), Dr. Leena Augimeri (CDI scientific and program development director), Che Latchford (SNAP trainer–consultant and SNAP graduate) and Lyn Baptist (SNAP Campaign Cabinet co-chair).
Child Development Institute’s Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) program launched in Toronto on October 1, 1985. The program has grown from serving 11 children in its first session to helping thousands of high-risk children around the world stay in school and out of trouble by reducing aggression, delinquency and antisocial behaviour. SNAP teaches children and their families how to make better choices "in the moment."

Thank you to the many researchers, clinicians, parents, donors, students and leaders in the field of children’s mental health who have contributed to the development and implementation of the SNAP model.
(L-R) Lyn Baptist, Emily Mathieu (great-granddaughter of Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh and Toronto Star investigative reporter) and Dr. Leena Augimeri.
On Monday, October 5, 2015, SNAP staff and special guests gathered together to celebrate a special announcement: SNAP was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Ruth Hindmarsh Atkinson Award.

As a result of this prestigious award, which includes a $50,000 grant, CDI will have the funding required to expand SNAP to reach additional high-needs Toronto neighbourhoods via Boys and Girls Clubs.

“We are so grateful to the Atkinson Foundation for their support of Child Development Institute,” says Tony Diniz, CEO. “Together we are creating more opportunities for high-risk children and their parents to access the help they need and make lasting changes in their lives.”

To read the Toronto Star coverage of the award presentation, click here.
Looking back

By the numbers

Since SNAP launched 30 years ago, the team has made significant contributions to the field of children's mental health. We have:
  • Worked with 113 organizations to incorporate SNAP into their services
  • Delivered 411 presentations all over the globe, including Australia, Chile, Norway and Zambia
  • Traveled more than 981,000 km, equal to traveling around the world 23 times!
  • Published 46 articles in academic journals
  • Received coverage in over 200 television, radio, newspaper, magazine and online news stories
  • Received 37 official designations and awards
Highlights from the
last 30 years
Ken Goldberg (Earlscourt Child & Family Centre’s executive director and co-founder/developer of SNAP) and Dr. Leena Augimeri.
SNAP’s venture philanthropy partnership with LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact includes working with Boston Consulting Group to develop a five-year strategy.From left to right, representing LEAP and BCG: Sam Duboc, Tara Gruhn, Leena Augimeri (CDI), Kilian Berz, Kate Banting, Gord Baird, Jie Zheng and Ran Mo.
In 2009, Minister of Public Safety Peter Van Loan and Toronto Police Service’s Sergeant Mike Matic joined SNAP’s Dr. Leena Augimeri and Nicola Slater to announce SNAP’s selection as a gold standard evidence-based model to be replicated across Canada.
(L-R) Drs. Rolf Loeber, Leena Augimeri, Debra Pepler and David Farrington have all been instrumental in evaluating SNAP’s effectiveness.
In 2012, Dr. Leena Augimeri (CDI/SNAP) accepted the inaugural Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award for Ontario Social innovator from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Employment & Social Development Diane Finley.
Co-developer of the SNAP Girls program, Kathy Levene (middle), received the 2014 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction award with CDI staff Margaret Walsh and Shauna Klein.
Cyberbullying happens too often, with devastating consequences. Join us on Thursday, October 29,2015 for the premiere of Not So Social Media, our documentary short on cyberbullying, sexting and healthy online relationships. Geared for high school students, parents, educators and those working in children's mental health, this event will encourage dialogue on how we can engage with each other respectfully online. #tellyourstory
The event will begin with an art exhibition and reception, followed by the documentary screening and a panel discussion. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. To register for a ticket, click here.
Thank you to our partners:
- Ministry of Child and Youth Services
- Chalkboard Media
- Ontario Provincial Police
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