Leave your Mark!
CALLING ALL TEENS!
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.
The student leaders will meet monthly ( on the first Monday of each month) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-942-7668. All high school students in DuPage County are welcome to participate.
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%.
Currently, there are five states in the country and more than 300 cities that have implemented policies to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21, including 24 cities in Illinois. To contact your state representative about this issue, use the following link: https://www.acscan.org/states/illinois.
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