Leave your Mark!
CALLING ALL TEENS!
Summer 2019 Reality Schedule:
July 1st – Healthy Relationships, Glenbard District Office
July 9th – Team Building, Glenbard District Office
July 16th – Spreading Kindness Art Project, Glenbard District Office
July 23rd – Substance Use Education, Glenbard District Office
July 30th – Flower planting and personal story, Red Ribbon Garden at Glenbard West High School
August 6th – Community Center Clean-Up and mental wellness speaker, Linda A. Kurzawa Community Center in Wheaton
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 weekly during the summer every Tuesday from 1pm-2pm beginning June 18th - August 6th, 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 email@example.com or 630-942-7668. All high school students in DuPage County are welcome to participate.
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.
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
2018 Teen PhilanthroParty
2018 Regional Sticker Shock
Presenting to Downers Grove City Council on Tobacco 21
Capitol Hill day in D.C.
High school Teens participate in alcohol impairment simulation
Teens advocate for tobacco 21 on WGN's Steve Cochran show