June 2015

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 A Big Snowball Welcome to Bogan High School!

We would like to welcome Bogan High School and Chapter leader Javier Brathwaite as the newest Chapter of Operation Snowball. Home of the Bengals, Bogan HS is located at 3939 West 79th Street in Chicago. The school's vision statement is Excellence Today-Success Tomorrow. We are thrilled that Operation Snowball is now a part of this great school. Go Bengals!


New OS Youth Board Member: Andrew Pelarinos

We are very excited to have Andrew Pelarinos, a senior at Schaumburg High School, join the Operation Snowball Board of Directors as a Youth Advocate. Andrew recently served as the student Executive Director for Schaumburg's Snowball event this past spring. He has been involved with his school's Snowball for the past 3 years and has been to CGTI twice. Brent Swolsky, the Schaumburg HS Snowball Advisor said of Andrew, "I have often turned to him for advice on how to get the most out of our staff members. Andrew really has an understanding of how people tick and works to bring out the best in those around him; his personality lights up the room!"


OS Chapter Leaders Access To OS Materials

Chapter leaders have access to password protected OS training materials on our website. Click on the Training drop down box to find OS Training DocumentsThese materials will assist with training on group facilitation/processing, parents sessions, small group activities, and Snowball traditions such as warm fuzzies! Access is only available for accredited chapters and a password is required. 


If you have lost or forgotten your passcode please contact us at: (217) 528-7335 x18 or info@os-cgti.org

CGTI 2015 is fast approaching.  Register NOW!
The 2015 Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI) will be held Sunday, July 19th through Thursday, July 23rd at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. 


The 2015 Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI) will be held Sunday, July 19 through Thursday, July 23 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.  July 19 for Youth Staff and Volunteer Staff. The cost for CGTI is $309/participant. 


Click here for all participant applications. If you have questions about the application process please call 217.528.7335 ext. 12 or email Ashley Young at ayoung@iadda.org 

How Does OS and CGTI Change Lives? 

Throughout Illinois over 11,000 students annually attend an Operation Snowball event in their school and community. Last year, over 400 attended the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute. Youth and adults, 1st timers and old timers, parents and teachers all let us know what OS and CGTI means to them.


Click here to read their stories.


Reasons To Donate To Snowball & CGTI 

Your contribution, big or small, is matched by the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations and makes OS and CGTI accessible to more Illinois youth, schools, and communities. Click on your favorite reason and participate. 
2015 Operation Snowball Board of Directors

District 01 - Mike Waxman

District 02 - Yousef Matariyeh

District 03 - Suzanne Hamilton

District 04 - Spike Grossheusch

District 05 - Open

District 06 - Teri Belgio

District 07 - Open

District 08 - Open

District 09 - Edward Gudas 

District 10 - Rob Grupe

District 11 - Open

District 12 - Laura Ferrell

IADDA Appointment - Kay Daniel 

IADDA Appointment - Patrick Ferrell

IADDA Appointment - Laura Larson-Gibbons

IADDA Appointment - Steve Mazzarella

IADDA Appointment - Charla Waxman

Youth Advocate - Jessica Rippel

Youth Advocate - Andrea Schalk

Youth Advocate - Isaiah Carrington

Youth Advocate - Andrew Pelarinos

IMPACT Your Community

is a publication of Operation Snowball, Inc. and the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute and is free of charge to subscribers.


Sara Howe - Chief Executive Officer

Eric Foster - Vice President for Substance Abuse Policy and Chief Operating Officer

Randy Wells - Vice President for Mental Health Policy 

Pel Kelley - Business Manager

Ron Jakubisin - Director of Program Development
Mary Jo Davies - OS Program Manager
Marne Fauser - Community Outreach Coordinator

Ashley Young - CGTI Prevention Coordinator

Laurie Thomas - Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Mental Health Policy 

OS staff is provided through a contract between the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association and Operation Snowball, Inc.

IMPACT Your Community invites your comments, articles or photographs.  


Operation Snowball, Inc./Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute
937 South 2nd Street Springfield, IL 62704
800.252.6301 or 217.528.7335

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Impact is funded in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Cebrin Goodman Center an affiliate of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations.