Operation Snowball Nationally Recognized for its Youth Substance Use Disorder Prevention Program
Newest Spotlight Series program helps prevent substance misuse by Illinois youth
Washington, D.C. – Addiction Policy Forum announces Operation Snowball as a program featured in the Spotlight Series, which highlights innovative programs across the country that contribute to a comprehensive strategy to address addiction.
“Operation Snowball not only allows youth the opportunity to change social norms about drug misuse but it also empowers them to share their message to other members of the community,” says Mark O’Brien, Addiction Policy Forum Executive Vice President of State and Local Affairs.
Operation Snowball is a school and community-based alcohol and drug use prevention program founded on the principle that youth can make their own positive decisions with a little bit of education and empowerment. This programs views youth as being at the heart of the solution, not the problem. Operation Snowball gives youth the facts and empowerment tools to make healthy choices.
“Through the development of leadership skills, Operation Snowball is 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,” says Ron Jakubisin, Prevention and Program Manager at Operation Snowball.
The Addiction Policy Forum features innovative programs as part of its Spotlight Series Initiative. Programs are nominated by key stakeholders, community members, and/or experts in the fields of addiction, and selected by the Addiction Policy Forum Advisory Board.
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Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
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