2019-2020 Reality Schedule:

  • September 16 @ 6pm – Comfort Dog / How to be a leader / spread positivity around your school / Practice for smoke free parks presentation

  • October 7 @ 6pm – Update on teen substance use / marijuana & vaping: legal doesn’t mean safe

  • November 4 @ 6pm – Human performance project

  • December 9 @ 6pm –Holiday celebration

  • January 6 @ 6pm – Mindfulness & yoga

  • February 3 @ 6pm – Healthy cooking demonstration

  • march 2 @ 6pm - Underage Alcohol & marijuana prevention / philanthroparty planning

  • April 6 @ 6pm - Update on teen vaping / philanthroparty planning

  • May 4 @ 6pm - Philanthroparty planning

We are seeking student volunteers to partner with the DuPage County Health Department (and the Illinois Department of Public Health) as part of the Reality Illinois /Teen Advisory Panel to the DuPage County Health Department.  We are committed to positive youth development and preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

Student leaders will meet monthly during the school year, to advocate for a healthier world. Students will gain information and tools to strengthen their leadership skills and advocate for healthy lifestyle behaviors in our community. Last year, Reality students were able to convince the Glen Ellyn Park District and the Carol Stream Park District to pass an ordinance to make all parks smoke free and recently attended the signing of the Tobacco 21 law by Governor Pritzker.

Meetings are held at the Glenbard District 87 Administrative Center, 596 Crescent Blvd. in Glen Ellyn ( just west of Glenbard West ). For more information, contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard student and community projects coordinator, at gilda_ross@glenbard.org or 630-942-7668.  All high school students in DuPage County are welcome to participate.

 
Jordan G. Esser   Community Initiatives Coordinator - DuPage County Health Department

Jordan G. Esser

Community Initiatives Coordinator - DuPage County Health Department

 
Working together to reduce substance use, and increase mental wellness among youth in DuPage County IL.

Working together to reduce substance use, and increase mental wellness among youth in DuPage County IL.

 

PLT and Reality Teens accept the Teen Safety Award from the National Safety Council for their efforts leading to protecting teens

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Recently, Illinois raised the legal age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes to 21 in part thanks to the advocacy efforts of our Teen Reality group.

Reality Students attend the signing of the Tobacco 21 law with Governor Pritzker

Reality Students attend the signing of the Tobacco 21 law with Governor Pritzker

 

Statistics show that 95% of smokers pick up the habit before age 21. By raising the purchase age for tobacco to 21, Illinois can take tobacco out of high schools. Studies show that by limiting access to tobacco we can reduce youth smoking rates by 25%.


2019 Teen PhilanthroParty, College of DuPage

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2018 Teen PhilanthroParty

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2018 Regional Sticker Shock

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Presenting to Downers Grove City Council on Tobacco 21

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Capitol Hill day in D.C.

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High school Teens participate in alcohol impairment simulation

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Teens advocate for tobacco 21 on WGN's Steve Cochran show