The SNAP Program serves as a “front-end” resource to the Department of Juvenile Justice, Office of Prevention, for at-risk youth ages 6-11 and their families. The Florida Network implemented the Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) Program in eleven cities statewide, including CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services in Gainesville, Youth Crisis Center (YCC) in Jacksonville, Capital City Youth Services (CCYS) in Tallahassee, Anchorage Children’s Home in Panama City, Family Resource in Bradenton and St. Petersburg, Crosswinds Youth Services in Cocoa, FL, and Orange County Youth and Family Services in Orlando.
Each SNAP program provides high-risk youth and their families’ strategies to increase pro-social skills that will help the youth stay in school and out of trouble by making better choices throughout the 13-week program. Youth and their families participate in engaging activities such as group discussions, role-playing, interactive games and self-reflection to address topics including dealing with anger, learning how to cope and practice self-control, engaging in problem solving and learning not to bully and how to prevent bullying.
According to the Child Development Institute, research has shown that the program leads to fewer arguments at home, immediate decreases in delinquency and aggression, less bullying, less antisocial behavior and more positive interactions between teachers, peers and family members. The program has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, aggression and delinquency and improve social competency. These effects of the SNAP program can help improve relationships between child and parent and encourage youth to say “no” to an unhealthy or troubled future.
If you are interested in getting more information about participating in the SNAP program, you may contact the following SNAP Site Coordinators:
Panama City: Janet Holloman, 850-784-1020 at Anchorage Children’s Home
Tallahassee: Rhone Francis, 850-576-6000 at CCYS
Gainesville: Evelitza Soto, 352-244-0628 x3805 at CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services
Jacksonville: Sterling Hurst, 904-725-6662 at Youth Crisis Center
Orlando: Amber Minton, 407-254-9370 at Orange County Youth and Family Services
Pinellas: Amanda Gerber, 941-741-3575 at Family Resources
Manatee: Patty Oliver, 727-323-6646 at Family Resources
Tampa: Sherly Kincy, 813-740-0549 at Youth Advocate Program
Cocoa: Myrna Peterson, 321-452-0800 x179 at Crosswinds
Ft. Lauderdale: Marie Wells, 954-763-5010at Mount Bethel Human Services Corporation