A brief overview of Operation Snowball, a youth-led, school and community-based alcohol and drug prevention program founded in Illinois in 1977 and now operational in several states and countries. Operation Snowball provides local chapters with curricula and technical assistance, but the local chapters, led by youth with adult mentors, are at the heart of the program. Youth organize events to learn about and discuss topics such as drug and alcohol use, mental health, diversity, cyber-bullying, suicide and other relevant community topics. Survey results from program participants indicate the youth gained information, leadership skills, and positive relationships with others in their community. This report is part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series.
Funding Source: Various grants and donations
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A brief overview of Operation Snowball, a youth-led, school and community-based alcohol and drug prevention program.