Featured Donor: Junior League of Toronto
Photo caption: L-R: Melissa Ostrosser with Junior League stands beside Judy White and Tracie LeBlanc from Child Development Institute's Fund Development, Marketing and Communications team.
This month, we are pleased to acknowledge and thank the Junior League of Toronto for their support of the SNAP® Girls Youth Leadership program in 2016. The Junior League of Toronto is an organization for women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
“For over 90 years, Junior Leaguers have not been afraid to tackle the big issues facing vulnerable girls and women in our community,” says Stephanie Knox, President of the Junior League of Toronto. “This past year, we are proud to have embarked on new community programming around mental health, focused on youth and the impact area of self-esteem. We were impressed with CDI’s proven approach to improving outcomes and outlooks for at-risk adolescent girls.”
“SNAP Youth Leadership fills a critical gap in mental health intervention for girls who, in addition to struggling with mental health challenges and behavioural difficulties, are now facing new risk factors as they move into the teen years, including the pressures of adjusting to new schools, peers, responsibilities and negative influences,” says Erin Rajca, Manager of SNAP Girls. “We offer critical leadership skill-building and mentorship opportunities, as well as a continuum of therapeutic support with SNAP clinicians, and a place of welcome and belonging.”
In the words of a SNAP Girls Youth Leader, “SNAP has had a huge impact on my life. Before I came here, I was super angry all the time, passive aggressive and sad. SNAP helped me learn how to deal with my problems and be more independent. As a SNAP Girls Youth Leader, I’m very proud that I can help people and be a strong leader and role model for others. It’s also nice to be appreciated for doing a good job. Sometimes I don’t get that at school or home and it’s nice to know that I’m being helpful here. I don’t think I would feel proud of myself if I didn’t come here.”