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 began in 1977 in Rockford, Illinois when participants of the Illinois Teenage Institute (ITI) (now the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute/CGTI) came back to their community and thought, “We could do ITI back home!” Thus, Operation Snowball was created. The name originates 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.” Out of this concept emerged “A Community of Caring” – the success of Operation Snowball. By 1979, Operation Snowball, Inc. obtained it’s not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status to make the program stronger.
Operation Snowball is funded in part by grants from the Illinois Department of Human Services/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations
Operation Snowball Chapters are organized in schools and communities primarily in Illinois, but are also found in other states and internationally. View lists of our Chapters:
An annual paid Chapter Membership is required to legally use the trademarked Operation Snowball model, logo, and materials. Programs of Operation Snowball, Inc. include Snowball, Snowflake, Snowflurry, Segue, Blizzard, and Snowcap. Chapters not in compliance with membership dues, guidelines, and the Snowball philosophy may NOT use the Operation Snowball model, logo, or materials.
For most, Snowball was a life changing experience and people want to continue the connection. The Operation Snowball Alumni & Friends was developed to do just that. You learned what it means to have the confidence to believe in yourself and continue to make healthy life choices, and impacting the next generation of Snowballers is legacy worth continuing. Here’s how you can be involved!