I've met a number of very impressive young men who had a rough start in life and are now thriving as SNAP graduates. They credit the program for teaching them how to manage their anger, how to stay out of trouble and in school. If not for SNAP, they would probably have been in jail or living at the margins of society instead of being the thoughtful, well-adjusted people they are today. There's no greater endorsement for this program than seeing and hearing the stories of those who benefited SNAP.

Helen BurstynDistinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University

We are thrilled to have been selected by the Centre and look forward to using the innovative SNAP model to drive change in Canada. Partnering with the incredibly talented strategists at LEAP will allow SNAP to reach even more at-risk children and their families across Canada, building lifelong skills at an early age.

Dr. Leena AugimeriDirector of Scientific and Program Development at Child Development Institute

SNAP Impact Story   |   Shemar  

As a kid, Shemar struggled in school. From temper tantrums in class to time on suspension, he became less and less able to control his anger and perform well in school. A life of trouble and jail time seemed inevitable—but then Shemar found Stop Now and Plan (SNAP). “I knew I had two options,” Shemar says, “keep being a bully and fighting and probably end up in jail, or find a new way of life.”

After completing the 13 week program, Shemar has made significant strides. He is now excelling in school and serves on the student council at his school, and ran for a position on the Super Council (the student council representing all schools in his area). “SNAP helped me learn how to control my anger and got me on the path I’m on today.”