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:
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: Evelitza Soto, 352-244-0628 x3804 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: Sherly Kincy, 813-740-0549 at Youth Advocate Program
Lee County: Shelia Dixon, 239-278-5400 at Lutheran Services Florida- Southwest
Leon County: Rhone Francis, 850-576-6000 at CCYS
Manatee County: Gerni Oster, 727-528-5762 at Family Resources
Miami- Dade County: Mary Williams, 305-474-1707 at Center for Family & Child Enrichment
Marion County: Crystal Westman, 352-622-6135 at Arnette House
Monroe County: Ben Kemmer, 305-852-4246 x230
Orange County: Amber Minton, 407-254-9370 at Orange County Youth and Family Services
Palm Beach County: Kristi Walsh, 772-460-9752 at Children’s Home Society- West Palm
Pinellas County: Gerni Oster, 727-528-5762 at Family Resources
Polk County: John Luff, 813-789-1126 at Youth and Family Alternatives
Seminole County: Omar Mestre, 407-708-7660 at Seminole County Sheriffs
St. Johns County: Dwayne Gibson, 904-568-0081 at Youth Crisis Center
St. Lucie County: Kristi Walsh, 772-460-9752 at Children’s Home Society- Treasure Coast