Our Initiatives

Youth violence in schools and communities continues to be a concern across Canada. The number of young people charged with assault and weapons offences has more than doubled in the past decade. The presence of weapons in our schools deserves immediate attention. Many youth are afraid to go to school because of bullying. What’s more, bullying doesn’t end when the school day does; students are subjected to cyberbullying and text-harassment twenty-four hours a day, many suffering in silence. Others have undiagnosed mental health issues, are being pressured sexually, are dealing with issues of gender inequity or the challenges of coming out.

CSSN is committed to building and nurturing partnerships that enable the organization to meet its goals. We work tirelessly to develop and share programs designed to make things better for every Canadian youth.

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SNAP® – Stop-Now-And-Plan

SNAP is an evidence-based model developed more than 30 years ago by the Child Development Institute (CDI) in Toronto, Canada (formerly called Earlscourt Child and Family Centre). It started as a strategy to get children in a day treatment program exhibiting behavioural problems to “stop and think” before they reacted. In the early 1980’s, the strategy evolved into a school based program – Earlscourt Social Skills Program. In 1985, an innovative model designed specifically for young children in conflict with the law (SNAP® Under 12 Outreach Project) was built around the SNAP strategy. Today, this manualized model is noted in the literature “as the most fully developed intervention to date for child delinquents.”


Huddle Up

The Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program, presented by Tim Hortons, wrapped up its 12th successful year this spring. It has effectively grown in popularity throughout both the elementary and secondary school levels, reaching over 35,000 students in the 2012-2013 school year. With support from the Canadian Safe School Network, the Huddle Up Program continues to inspire youth and empower them to take action towards bullying prevention in their schools.


When Nobody’s Listening

Do you have a question about bullying that you’re afraid to ask?

Are you a parent with a question about what to do if your child is being bullied?

We encourage everyone to ask for help until they receive it.

You can ask your question here, anonymously, and have an expert reply with direction, encouragement and assistance.