Operation Snowball, Inc.

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews


937 S Second Springfield IL 62704 USA


Through the development of leadership skills, Operation Snowball shall be a youth and adult partnership, providing awareness and prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, while encouraging healthy decision-making in an active community of caring.


Operation Snowball, Inc. programs include over 130 accredited chapters throughout the United States, Poland, Lithuania, China and Colombia. The program provides opportunities for youth and adults to work together in a spirit of cooperation to plan, implement and evaluate a community-based alcohol and other drug prevention program. OS sponsors a conference annually, plublish a quarterly newsletter and offer various trainings.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Snowball involves the whole community in helping youth make postive and responsible choices. It promotes leadership skills and positive role models. I am amazed with both the teens and adults that I work with. Being a co-director at Oak Park River Forest Highs School has been one of the best experiances I have ever had.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Help students stop using drugs and alcohol, become leaders amoung their peers, stay drug free and develop postive peer relationships.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more adults volunteer to witness how great the program is.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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Operation Snowball is a great Leadership experience for teens as they lead their peers to experience ATOD free lives. I have participated as the Director at MCHS for the past 10 years and have also helped staff international Snowballs in Lithuania and Poland. I wish this Snowball could keep rolling to all the states as well as more countries.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I witness the effect of Snowball from the first day to the last it is amazing. So many students meet their new best friends when they attend Snowball. Many students want to give back to this program by becoming Teen Staff and many do come back as adults to help carry it on.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization needs more funding. There is some funding provided by our school but many meetings are spend discussing and planning fund raisers. This precious time could be spent helping the Teen Staff become more comfortable leading their groups and planning the event.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen Operation Snowball make a great difference in teens lives. Many of the teens that I have worked with have become more confident, open and developed leadership. They have gone on to college and continued to make healthy lifestyle choices. Many of the participants as teens have come back to be a part of Operation Snowball as adults. It continues to have an impact in their lives long after they experience it as participants. Because alumni return to the fold, the event has an even bigger impact on the current teens taking part. My sons have experienced the impact on their lives as Operation Snowball participants and now as adults. Both of them have entered the Social Work arena. My oldest son is a professor of Social Work at a college and does therapy for addicted teens. My other son has become a Counselor at another local college and continues to have a very strong impact on Operation Snowball.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I continue to speak with past participants. They always relate to me the impact that Operation Snowball has had on their lives. The reasons that they come back as adults to contribute to the organization are: "It set me on a path that kept me successful," " I would not be where I am today if it weren't for Snowball," and "The confidence that I gained from Operation Snowball helped me to be the person that is before you today, confident, happy, healthy, and excited for the future."

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see Operation Snowball grow. The organization is already International, but I would like to see a stronger domestic presence. I would focus some more of the organization's resources locally.

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How did you learn about this organization?

I became involved when my son attended an event for middle school kids.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Teach children to be drug and alcohol free.

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