SNAP is a proven program teaching children with behavioural problems and their parents how to make better choices "in the moment"



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.”


Impact Snapshot

13 weeks | Time in which SNAP program improves emotional regulation

$17 - $32 | Cost-benefit ratio of the SNAP program

50% | Proportion of children with conduct disorder reached by SNAP at scale

>$25M | Amount of funding secured based on LEAP growth strategy to support SNAP and affiliates


  • 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 from SNAP.
    — Helen Burstyn, Chair, Waterfront and Chair, Evergreen
  • We are absolutely delighted with our partnership with the LEAP/Pecaut Centre for Social Impact. Since being selected as their inaugural social innovation to scale across Canada in 2012/13 we are actively working towards our goal of implementing SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) successfully in 140 new communities. In addition, we were selected by the Ontario government as a model children’s mental health program for their Middle Years Strategy under the Enhanced Youth Action Plan and Black Youth Action Plan. The pro-bono investment made by the Centre to SNAP has increased 10 fold as more than $30 million has been invested in SNAP since our engagement as a result of the outstanding support afforded to us through their business sector partners and venture philanthropy model bringing government, business, and the philanthropic community to help create massive social change in Canada – we are honoured that our proven evidence-based children’s mental health program SNAP is now reaching more children, families and communities that need it; helping children stay in school and out of trouble by making better choice ‘in the moment’.
    — Dr. Leena Augimeri, Director of Scientific and Program Development at Child Development Institute