The Recipient proposes to work with the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Youth Justice Services Division, to develop a version of the Stop Now and Plan (SNAP®) program specifically designed for youth in custody, aged 12-17, who are involved in gangs or at risk of gang involvement. The SNAP® program has been proven effective in decreasing delinquency and improving self control among children below the age of 12. It has previously been adapted for specific populations, including girls and Aboriginal youth.
The project will also include the development of web-based modules and training for custody workers. The modules will focus on engaging youth in custody with interesting and creative learning approaches by providing real life scenarios designed to improve self control, decision-making skills and pro-social strategies.