Operation Snowball

A fun and intensive weekend retreat to develop confidence and purpose as leaders.

With support from Respons for Teens and JCFS Chicago, teens train and lead this innovative weekend program filled with activities and interactive workshops on topics such as diversity, positive decision making, leadership, healthy relationships, social justice and prevention education. There are plenty of opportunities to hone leadership skills with other teens in a relaxed, positive setting.

Teens can participate in in two ways:

Train to be a Snowball Teen Leader
Over the course of an academic school year high school-age teens train with staff from Response for Teens and JCFS Chicago to cultivate extensive leadership and peer education skills as well as how to facilitate groups. The experience culminates with them leading the three-day Snowball retreat in the spring.

Attend Operation Snowball
Teens from all over the Chicago area attend this very special, three-day retreat to meet other teens with similar interests and engage in stimulating, conversations and activities lead by their peers—supported by adult leaders—that both encourage open discussion of belief systems and inspire extensive self-reflection. Along the way, strong friendships are forged. The retreat is a safe space for teens to express themselves and share their life experiences with others.

Register for Operation Snowball 2020

Interested in attending the next Operation Snowball retreat?

Follow these easy steps:
1. Follow this link and print the Registration Packet.
2. Complete the registration packet. Go over it with a parent or guardian.
3. Get your friends to fill out their registration packets!
4.Once you have completed the registration packet, you may either:

  • Scan and email it to Lisa Ehrlich OR
  • Mail it to Lisa Ehrlich at Response for Teens 3033 W Touhy Chicago IL 60645 OR
  • Drop it off in person to Response for Teens 3033 W Touhy Chicago IL 60645 OR
  • Fax it to 847.676.0574

Need financial assistance? Check out our Application.
Questions? Contact Lisa Ehrlich at 773.516.5506.
PLEASE ensure that all forms of the registration packet are completed. Incomplete packets will not be processed.

Generous support for this program is provided by the Barbara and Frank Lieber Family Charitable Trust, the Highland Park Community Foundation, and the Trillium Foundation.