Operation Snowball is a free weekend retreat for Durham middle school students. The retreat focuses on substance abuse prevention, leadership empowerment, eating disorders, gang involvement, and other teenage issues. Snowball is a unique learning experience that provides a safe, comfortable space to explore these issues and to undergo a process of self-discovery and increased self-esteem. A successful pilot program was held in 2005 with 50 middle school students and 20 Duke students with an established program running through 2008. Currently, the program is in hibernation.