The Stop Now And Plan (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.
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:
Listed By County:
Alachua County: Evelitza Soto, 352-244-0628 x3804 at CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
Bay County: Janet Holloman, 850-763-7102 at Anchorage Children’s Home
Brevard County: Danielle Masucci, 321-452-0800 x182 at Crosswinds
Broward County: Marie Wells, 954-763-5010 at Mount Bethel Human Services Corporation
Columbia County: Lakeshia Bell, 386-438-8452 at CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services
Duval County: Sterling Hurst, 904-725-6662 x330 at Youth Crisis Center
Escambia County: Beth Deck, 850-453-2772 at Lutheran Services Florida- Northwest
Hillsborough County: Felica Wells, 813-712-9695 at Youth Advocate Program
Lee County: Ashle Jennings, 239-332-8366 at Lutheran Services Florida- Southwest
Leon County: Greg Farmer, 850-576-6000 ext. 305 at CCYS
Manatee County: Andy Coble, 727-521-5200 x1003 at Family Resources
Miami- Dade County: Aime Kalangwa 954-209-4565 at Center for Family & Child Enrichment
Marion County: Donna Norman 352-622-6135 at Arnette House
Orange County: Felicia Brown, 407-254-9373 at Orange County Youth and Family Services
Palm Beach County: Lauren Scirrotto & Dominika Nolan (561) 244-9499 x 4 at Center for Child Counseling, Inc.
Pinellas County: Andy Coble, 727-521-5200 x1003 at Family Resources
Polk County: Neisha Martinez, 863-499-2430 at Youth and Family Alternatives
Seminole County: Jessica Bush, (407) 708-7671 at Seminole County Sheriffs
St. Johns County: Eric Anderson, 904-318-5611 at Youth Crisis Center