For Immediate Release

Contact: Elvin Martinez Jr., Vice President of Corporate Engagement
Telephone: (813) 690-2677E-Mail:  (August 24, 2023)

BAYS Announces Program Expansion

BAYS was recently selected by the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services to provide the Stop Now And Plan (SNAP®) Program in St. Lucie County Schools and within the St. Lucie County community. SNAP® 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 how to practice self-control. Participants also engage in problem solving activities and learn how to prevent bullying.

According to BAYS CEO Robert Patterson the organization has been focused on expanding services aimed at delinquency prevention as well as work that more closely aligns with the Florida Network’s hub of prevention providers. “BAYS has always believed that providing services as early as possible is a key factor to helping adolescents change their behavior, and the SNAP® model is a proven way to help prevent involvement in the delinquency system. This partnership with the Florida Network is a perfect fit. Our experience working with youth and families coupled with the Network’s commitment to the SNAP® model is a perfect match.”

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