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Thank you to everyone who entered our “name the newsletter” contest. The winning submission, SNAP® Shot, was submitted by Evert McIlwain from Kinark Durham. Congratulations Evert!

SNAP® expands in Scotland

The SNAP® Implementation Team is on the road again, this time taking in the green pastures of Scotland where SNAP® is growing. The team recently spent two weeks in Scotland, providing training and consultation for an existing site in Glasgow, and implementing a new site in Irvine, North Ayrshire.
Glasgow City Council launched Scotland’s first full-service SNAP® site in 2013, following a successful pilot project in 2006. The site continues to serve high-risk and complex clients, improving the lives of numerous families in the community. Based on the positive outcomes of SNAP® in general along with those seen at this site, the North Ayrshire Council recently established a new SNAP® site in Irvine on the west coast of Scotland.

After completing the full SNAP® training, the team in Irvine, led by John Flanagan, Team Manager of the Young Persons Support Team, is hitting the ground running. Working with Xanthe Wylie, Educational Psychologist at North Ayrshire Council, and the education sector, select schools will be referring clients and the first groups will be starting soon. With the support of educators and other community services, this team is well on its way to having an immense impact on the children, families, and schools in the community. We are excited to see the great work they will surely accomplish with this new venture!  

Affiliate profile: Banyan Community Services

Just over 10 years ago, Bill Bain, Banyan Community Services founding Chief Administrative Officer, met Leena Augimeri at an Ontario Police Services conference where she was promoting the Under 12 Outreach Project (now known as SNAP® Boys).  Bill immediately recognized that SNAP® would be a good fit for Banyan and would provide at-risk boys in the Hamilton area with the tools needed to succeed.
Bringing the program and the supporting Police Protocol to Hamilton became a strategic priority for the organization, and in 2002 the Banyan Under 12 Outreach Program was launched, followed quickly by a successful community and police protocol, “Hamilton Centralized Services for Children Under 12 in Conflict with the Law”. In 2004, the organization launched Girls Connection, now known as SNAP® Girls.
Since then Banyan’s SNAP® programs have continued to grow, serving thousands of children and families in Hamilton and the surrounding communities.
“We have had the pleasure of working with countless children and families in the community,” said Susanne O'Grady, Director of Program Development, at Banyan. “We have watched many of these children grow into successful, participating citizens, and we look forward to continued success with this Canadian-made solution.” 

SNAP® News

  • Random Control Trial (RCT) studies are considered the gold standard in program evaluation and we are pleased to report that the largest SNAP® RCT study was recently published. The independent, third party RCT study was conducted in Pittsburgh by leading scientists Drs. Jeff Burke and Rolf Loeber involving SNAP® children and their families at Auberle and Holy Family Institute. Study findings indicated that children in SNAP® outperformed children receiving ‘treatment as usual’ services. This was statistically significant in several key areas such as Aggressive Behaviour, Conduct Problems, and Externalizing Behaviour. These results were sustained a year after treatment. It was also found that there were significantly fewer criminal charges laid against SNAP® children, coupled with more global benefits (i.e., fewer Internalizing Problems).
    • Burke, J., &Loeber, R.  (2014). The effectiveness of the Stop Now and Plan (SNAP®) Program for boys at risk for violence and delinquency. Society for Prevention Research.  Printed online, April 24, 2014, DOI 10.1007/s11121-014-0490-2. 
  • On April 24, CDI was honoured to host a special event with Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who visited our St. Clair Gardens location to formally announce more than $600,000 in funding for CDI’s SNAP® Youth in Custody Program (part of the SNAP Youth Justice Model) through the Department of Justice Canada's Guns, Gangs and Drug initiative.
  • SNAP® in the Media:
  • We’re always interested in hearing how SNAP® has made a difference in your community. Here’s what Chris Russell, Principal at Adjala Central P.S. in Loretto, Ontario, had to say about the impact of SNAP® at this school:

    “This school year, our school has been fortunate to have a worker from New Path Youth and Family Services of Simcoe County come to the school one day every week. The worker has had a significant impact on the well-being of the students and the overall school culture. She has worked with teachers, classes and individual students to teach the SNAP® program, giving students the tools to solve problems in a positive and effective way. She has empowered the teachers and provided them with effective strategies to support all students, and especially those with very challenging behaviours. 


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