ITI is held at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL for the fourth consecutive year. 300 adults, adult staff, and youth attend. The theme is “Be the Change.” General session presenters include Jeff Yalden, Marlon Smith, Reality Theatre, and Matt Bellace.
The Adult Participant program is put on hiatus and Adult Sponsors are introduced to ITI. Adult Sponsors encourage more school and community participation. Adult Sponsor are teachers, parents, or mentors in the same school and/or community as Community Action Teams (CAT). These individuals attend ITI with teams and have close contact with them throughout the week and work side by side with the youth during the action planning process.
ITI is held at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL for the fifth consecutive year. 300 adults, adult staff, and youth attend. The theme is “PosITIve.” General session presenters include Shaun Derik, SST Communications, Eric Rowles, and Eddie Slowiskoski.
An ITI 2010 participant, Jordan Atkins, from Alton, IL., wins first place in a music contest sponsored by NIDA and the Grammy Foundation during National Drug Facts Week!
ITI returns to the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois
ITI holds a Name the Mascot contest and selects participant Christine La Porte’s entry of DAFFLE (Drug and Alcohol Free For Leading Everyone).
The PALS curriculum is rewritten with PALS 1 focusing on facilitation skills and PALS 2 highlighting presentation skills and putting facilitation skills into practice as a staff in training.
A film crew from Governors State University visits ITI to collect footage on the role of prevention among Illinois youth.
Beginning in 2000, ITI and OS undertook an evaluation process to become “Best Practice” programs. In this time of diminishing resources, prevention programs have been challenged to prove their success in decreasing substance use through scientific research.
ITI and OS have hired Dr. Randy Black of Purdue University as the evaluation project consultant.
Mini-workshops disappear and round robins emerge led by the Illinois National Guard Low Ropes Challenge Course and an
exhibit hall of prevention programs and opportunities in Illinois.
The Community Action Teams (CAT) Resource Directory is developed to assist ITI participants in creating and implementing their action plans.
Operation Snowball develops and provides a Prevention Resource Calendar to its chapters to encourage year-round prevention programming.
Operation Snowball revises its mission statement.
CAT's (Community Action Teams) replace Grupitos with a new structure tohelp participants with a better plan for their
communities after ITI.
A new position, PALS consultant, is created as the PALSprogram takes focus on facilitation skills.
Operation Snowball visits Australia to spread their prevention ideas!
ITI moves to its new home at Knox College in Galesburg, IL.
The Adult Participant program returns Cluster Leaders now head training for facilitators
An Operation Snowball Chapter opens in Lithuania...That's right in Europe!
IADDA'S webpage is created!
PALS1 and PALS 2 are created!
PALS is introduced for ITI
ITI Neighborhood/team groups are changed to GRUPITOS with an new curriculum.
ITI moves to Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois
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Operation Snowball Inc. is created with the notion of chartering other Snowballs.1977
The very first SNOWBALL event is held!!!
The very First ITI is held!
Illinois Alcoholism and Drug DependenceAssociation (IADDA) is founded.