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Spring 2019 Operational Snowball Retreat for All Students

Reported by carolyn_marple@ipsd.org on 3/11/19

360 Youth Services is dedicated to helping youth make healthy choices and preventing youth substance use. Through highly recognized programs and initiatives – The Power of Choice, Youth Prevention Education, Naperville Operation Snowball, and Community Alliance for Prevention – 360 uses a variety of proven prevention strategies to best serve our mission and community in order to reduce youth substance use. 360 is funded by local, state and federal grantors to provide best practice substance abuse prevention for students and their parents in the geographic boundaries of the 203 & 204 school districts. These programs are supported through valuable partnerships with Naperville Community School District 203, Indian Prairie School District 204 and community partners.

Operation Snowball (Naperville Chapter) is fondly referred to as “Snowball”. It is a fun, engaging and popular youth leadership development program. 360 Youth Services partners with Districts 203 & 204 to coordinate this teen-led and adult supported program for area high school students.

Presented in a weekend retreat format in a safe and respectful environment, the program addresses challenges facing teens which help:
— Increase self-awareness
— Strengthen positive coping skills
— Enhance self-confidence
— Expand decision-making skills, especially regarding drugs and alcohol
— Increase self-esteem
— Enhance respect for self and others
— Refine personal goals and values
— Strengthen communication strategies
— Expand leadership abilities
Presentations, workshops, activities and small group discussions all combine to empower teens to make healthy lifestyle decisions and have a positive impact on their peers. The name comes from the idea that “If I have a positive impact on you, you can have a positive impact on someone else, and the effect Snowballs”. The program began as a teen and adult led alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse prevention program, and has expanded into a program that addresses many additional issues relevant to teens today.

To learn more about Snowball and sign up for the Spring Retreat, please visit THIS LINK
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