The 2019-2020 school year is moving and in full swing for Operation Snowball. This fall is jam packed with OS, Inc. trainings, Chapter events and a lot of strategic planning to bring Snowball to the next level. We are excited to see the impact that will continue to spread across the state of Illinios.

As you continue to fill your calendars we want to remind you that with your accreditation each Chapter must send one adult and two youth to an OS, Inc. training offered before December 31, 2019. Please check the schedule of trainings offered to lock that date in. With your accreditation, OS Chapters are also eligible to bring teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) training to your student leaders. Please check out the section below to find out more information about the tMHFA program.

We welcome you to call and/or email Riley Blythe at riley@ilabh.org to discuss your specific Snowball needs. We look forward to working with you this year!
Friday, October 11

8:00am - 2:00pm

Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N Naper Blvd.
Naperville, IL 60563

January 18 - January 19

Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Normal, IL

Registration Fee
*additional $80 fee for single room

Applications will be available October 1
Monday, November 18
Location: North Suburbs

Tuesday, December 3
Location: South Suburbs

Thursday, February 6
Location: North Suburbs

Thursday, February 20
Location: West Suburbs

*accreditation requirement to send 1 adult and 2 youth to a minimum of one OS, Inc. training per calendar year
For inquiries and scheduling requests please contact Riley Blythe
riley@ilabh.org | 217.528.7335 ext. 27
CGTI 2019 Highlights
On July 21, 20 Operation Snowball Chapters (210 youth) gathered at Eastern Illinois University to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute with 500 youth & adults from across the state. We are always astounded by the magic that is created during the Community Action Team meetings, but this year we were blown away by the serious strategic planing OS Chapters delved into during their daily planning meetings. Here is a sneak peak of what some of our Chapters are planning to work on this school year:

  • Elmwood Park OS and East Leyden OS will team up for a 5K event.
  • West Leyden OS will attend Out of the Darkness Walk.
  • Elk Grove OS will create video to recruit leaders.
  • Hanover Township OS will hold booth for "Be Who You Want to Be" resource fair
  • Evergreen Park OS create/distribute survey to students to gather information on involvement, teen issues & mental health.
  • Rich Township OS will create and present Snowball promotional video to administration to gain additional support.
  • Homewood-Flossmoor OS will film interviews at Snowball, create video to broadcast to the whole school through VikingTV.
  • District 228 OS will request meeting to present about Snowball to Student Council & PTA.
  • Livingston County OS will hold Snowflake & Snowflurry event.
  • Hinsdale OS will increase numbers to 150 participants at Snowball event.
  • Woodland OS will design and distribute flyers about Operation Snowball.
  • District 211 OS will hold overnight training event for Snowball leaders.
  • Renz Addiction Counseling Center OS will organize positive post-it campaign for Middle School.
  • Bloom Township OS will coordinate drug take back days.
  • Highland OS will coordinate and hold week long De-stress Fest celebration in March focusing on positive mental health.
2019 OS Impact Across Illinois
2019 #'s:

58 Chapters
14 Counties
86,000 Youth Reached

Operation Snowball, Inc. is the central hub for our Chapters, and we love being able to visit and support your events however we can. Our Snowball family can easily expand across the state to other Chapters and this all begins with knowing what is going on around Illinois. Please go to our website to see when Chapter Snowball events are happening - send each other good luck wishes, and let's continue to see this positivity snowball.

Operation Snowball

Hanover Township had a jam packed spring semester. They held their 2nd annual Snowflake with Tefft Middle School on April 13, 2019. Their high school leaders were rock stars and the event had a great turn out of 75+, 7th grade students. The theme of their one day Snowflake event was "Color Your Future." 

Over the summer Hanover Township OS set out to expose the group to things they might not be able to participate in during the school year. They met once a week for nine weeks for community event field trips. They spent time volunteering with Feed My Starving Children, held a fundraising event to cover costs to attend CGTI, visited the Chicago History Museum, and ran team building games at their annual Township Olympics.
Highland High School Operation Snowball

Highland High School students took a field trip over to the middle school to lead an assembly for their 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Highland students spent time explaining Operation Snowball, CGTI, and led some team building activities with the middle schoolers. They concluded the assembly with the question "now, who is interested in being a part of Snowball?" and hands started going up in seconds. Incredible ambassadors of our program!
If you are interested in joining the OS Board of Directors; please reach out to Riley Blythe for additional information

riley@ilabh.org | 217.528.7335 ext. 27
  • October 22 - St. Louis, MO
  • November 7 - Chicago, IL
  • November 18 - Mt. Vernon, IL
  • November 19 - Springfield, IL
  • February 4 - Naperville, IL
  • March 5 - Quincy, IL

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. If you are interested in attending one of these trainings please contact Riley Blythe at riley@ilabh.org for the registration link.
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Find A Walk Near You
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 47,173 people in the United States died by suicide in 2017. Yet suicide prevention doesn't receive anywhere near the funding as other leading causes of death. It's up to dedicated and invested community members to make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life. Join a Walk to Fight Suicide near you by clicking the link below. 

K-12 Toolkit for
Mental Health Promotion
and Suicide Prevention
The K-12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention was created by the Health Care Alliance for Response to Adolescent Depression (HEARD) in 2013 (updated in 2017), in response to a need for schools to promote student mental health and well-being, to prevent suicide and, in particular, how to respond after a suicide loss. 

 The toolkit convenes national best practices from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH), and several other organizations. 
How to Get Help
If you or someone you know is in a suicidal crisis, call or text a suicide hotline (toll free, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week):
  • Text HELLO to 741741 to connect with someone
  • Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
  • Call 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) for hearing & speech impaired
  • Call 1-866-488-7386 for the Trevor Project, a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth
MISSION STATEMENT: 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, Inc.

937 South 2nd Street | Springfield, IL 62704
217.528.7335 ext. 27