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.
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 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.