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PREVENTION

Prevention Program

360 Youth Services is dedicated to substance abuse education and prevention services for students in school districts 203 & 204 and their parents. Through two highly recognized and applauded programs – The Power of Choice and Operation Snowball – staff teach and promote that when a community consistently supports its students’ healthy choices, the number of kids making good decisions about substance use actually increases. These programs are supported through valuable partnerships with Naperville School District 203, Indian Prairie School District 204.
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Fall Retreat Dates

October 27–29th

School Contacts

NNHS: Mr. Hunter – Room 187

WVHS: Ms. Ratchev – Freshman House

NCHS: Miss Fertel – SPS

MVHS: Mr. Solgos – D104 or E220

NVHS: Mrs. Marple – Sophomore House

snowball pictureOperation 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 life-style 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 expended into a program that addresses many additional issues relevant to teens today.

 

The Scoop on Snowball

Snowball weekend retreats are held annually every fall and spring at Camp Henry Horner, about 90 minutes from Naperville. Each retreat begins on a Friday, which is considered a field trip and
an excused absence from school. Snowball retreats are planned by a group of adult and teen directors who work together to choose the theme, workshops, skits, and large group sessions. Operation Snowball’s Naperville Chapter was established in 1985. Read more about the history of Operation Snowball

 

What happens at a Snowball retreat?

After a “meet & greet” and a bus trip to camp, participants are divided into small groups, which become “family” for the weekend. The weekend includes mini-workshops that range in intensity from reliving kindergarten or traveling through an “A-Maze-Ing” maze, to discussions about grief and loss. The weekend also features a “no-talent” talent show on Friday night, free time, and lots of chances to meet new people, or see old friends in the dorms, at meals, or at other activities. Learn what kids are saying about the Snowball experience.

Each Snowball weekend is planned by teen directors and a teen staff (with adult staff), who know the issues facing teens today. It is an opportunity to find out what others think about the things that are important to teenagers. Every activity has a learning objective that builds on their inner strength and self-awareness to expand their perspective on life.

 

Who attends Snowball?

Snowball is for all high school students in Districts 203 and 204 who are choosing to live a healthy lifestyle and who enjoy having fun while making friends with the same values.

 

Registration

Registration packets will be available in all schools on Monday, September 11th.  Registration closes Monday, October 2nd, and all registration forms (white pages insert) must be returned to your school contact by that date. Registrations are not confirmed until completed registration forms and a check for $235 are turned in to your school contact.    Upon confirmation, you will receive a packet of detailed information, including maps, event expectations, and a checklist of what to bring. NO registrations will be accepted after the March 6th deadline.  Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis and fill quickly.

 

School Contacts

Return Completed Packet To:

NNHS: Mr. Hunter – Room 187

WVHS: Ms. Ratchev – Freshman House

NCHS: Miss Fertel – SPS

MVHS: Mr. Solgos – D104 or E220

NVHS: Mrs. Marple – Freshman House & Ms. Frontera – Junior House

How Will Students Use What They Learned in Snowball in Their Lives?

“The self-assurance I acquired at Snowball and the healthy plan I chose, were put to the test in college, and even more when I joined a fraternity. However, the Snowball experiences taught me to step back before I acted, and to have confidence in myself to make smart decisions in spite of ribbing.”  A former Snowball participant

“Personally, I am certain my relationship with my wife is stronger because of the social and communications skills I learned in Snowball.  Professionally, as a school counselor, Snowball is at the root of everything I do.” Past Snowball participant and leader

 

What is Family Day?

 

Families are an important part of the lives of our Snowball participants and as such parents, other family members and friends are included in a very special day – Family Day. During Family Day, family members learn about Snowball and the unique experiences it offers to all involved. Learn what to expect during Family Day.

 

 

Snowball is a great place to:

  • Make new friends
  • Play games, jump rope, be on stage, and be heard
  • Participate in small group experiences
  • Discover something about yourself
  • Learn about things teens have in common, as well as all the ways that you are unique
  • Learn about ways you can impact other teens and younger students
  • Meet lots of other teens who are alcohol, tobacco, and drug- free. Celebrate that!

 

Important Forms

Skit Submission Form Now Available

Event Registration Form – Available Monday, September 11th

Participant Packet – Available Monday, September 11th

Adult Participant Packet – Available Monday, September 11th

*The minimum age requirement to attend as an adult participant is at least four full academic calendar years post high school graduation.

Registration Packets Available In All Schools – Monday, September 11th

Registration Closes – Monday, October 2nd

Event Schedule

FAQ’sNow Available

Directions to Camp Henry Horner

“If I make a change in myself, then have a positive impact on you, you can have a positive impact on someone else, and the effect snowballs.”

The Power of Choice

360 Youth Services coordinates this highly effective and proven drug and alcohol abuse prevention campaign for students in school districts 203 & 204 and their parents. The Power of Choice initiative focuses on correcting misperceptions about the prevalence of substance use and emphasizes that most students are making healthy choices regarding tobacco, alcohol and drugs. It utilizes classroom presentations, posters, journals located in school bathroom stalls, and many types of media and communication tools.

Ultimately, the high school based program acknowledges that when a community consistently supports its students’ healthy choices, the number of kids making good decisions about substance use actually increases.

The Power of Choice also includes a junior high/middle school communications campaign for district 203 & 204 students and their parents. This campaign increases knowledge around risk and harm associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

Check out the new Power of Choice website for the full picture of what is happening with the high school, the new 6th-8th grade and Parents Use Your Power campaigns,

Check out our PARENTS USE YOUR POWER campaign on NCTV 17 News!

PREVENTION

For more information on the Prevention Program, please contact:

Karen Jarczyk
Prevention Director
630.961.2992, Ext 1128

For more information on Snowball, please contact:

Judi Wincek
Snowball Coordinator
630.961.2992, Ext 1130