April 24, 2014 - Toronto, ON - Department of Justice Canada
Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced $604,372 in funding to the Child Development Institute's Centre for Children Committing Offences (CCCO). The funding is supporting their Stop Now and Plan (SNAP®) for Youth in Custody project, which helps at-risk youth in custody to develop the necessary skills to resist gang involvement.
This funding, under the Youth Justice Initiative, encourages a fair and effective youth justice system, responds to emerging youth justice issues, and enables greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system, thereby promoting a holistic approach to helping youth.
"Ensuring a safer environment in which to live, grow and raise our families is an effort in which all members of a community must participate. Our Government is very pleased to partner with innovative individuals and organizations, such as the Child Development Institute, to help with the rehabilitation of youth and provide them with the skills to move forward in their lives. It is critically important to provide at-risk young offenders with tools that allow them to make smarter choices, so that they can successfully avoid criminal and gang activities and have a real second chance at contributing to Canadian communities in a positive way."
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
"The Child Development Institute is grateful for the support we received from the Department of Justice Canada's Guns, Gangs and Drug initiative, which enabled us to develop the SNAP Youth Justice Program (for youth in custody facilities). Using SNAP® (Stop Now and Plan), our evidence-based early intervention model, along with innovative digital technology, the program helps high-risk youth learn emotion regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills to help prevent further involvement with the criminal justice system and to increase the chance of successful reintegration into the community."
Dr. Leena Augimeri
Director, SNAP® Scientific and Program Development, Centre for Children Committing Offences
- Paloma Aguilar
Office of the Minister of Justice
- Media Relations
Department of Justice
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