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What I want to do

Coach and train

What matters to me

Faith and family

What inspires me

My heroes: My wife, sons, and parents

Grayslake, IL USA

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Operation Snowball, Inc.
April 19, 2011

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.

The Great!

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."

Ways to make it better...

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.

More feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

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.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Not sure.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Advisor & I am one of the Sponsors for Operation Snowball at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. My task is to train the teen and adult staff to facilitate small groups and be leaders for the Operation Snowball event. .