Tobacco Program 
Reality Illinois REALITY Illinois is an in-your-face, stand-up-and-shout, not-taking-it-anymore anti-tobacco movement created by and for Illinois teens.  Funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health and local health department, REALITY Illinois is spreading the word about tobacco industry manipulation, second-hand smoke and tobacco use to everyone in the state.

Our local Reality teens plan, promote and implement special events for Kick Butts Day in March and the Great American Smoke Out in November.  The events include a media advocacy initiative and counter-marketing effort.   
Engaging Youth for Positive Change (EYPC) is a transformative process empowering young people to work with local governing bodies to adopt policies that create healthier communities. Targeted to youth ages 13-18, trained facilitators guide youth to identify the change they desire, learn about the workings of local governing bodies, engage friends, neighbors, and business leaders in their efforts, and communicate with elected officials to create change.
Each REALITY group completes the EYPC curriculum throughout their meeting term.

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2016 Kane County REALITY Group
Greater Fox River Valley Operation Snowball (GFRVOS) is a community based alcohol, tobacco and other drug use prevention program focusing on leadership development to empower youth to lead drug free lives based in Geneva, IL.  

The name originates from the idea that "If I can have a positive impact on you, you can have a positive impact on someone else and the effect snowballs."  Out of this concept emerges "A Community of Caring" – the success of Operation Snowball.

Operation Snowball seeks to bring together high school youth and caring adults to develop a trusting relationship.  It is founded on the belief that youth and adults can make responsible decisions when provided with factual information and an opportunity to develop an understanding of one's self and others.

GFRVOS will be working on a tobacco free policy for the Geneva Park District with an emphasis on electronic smoking devices.

2015 Kane County REALITY Groups
Bridging the Gap is an educational community-based, workforce development program that helps the residents of the City of Aurora, Illinois develop a sense of future, commitment to the community, self-confidence, life-long learning skills and career skills.  Illinois develop a sense of future, commitment to the community, self-confidence, life-long learning skills and career skills.rora, Illinois develop a sense of future, commitment to the community, self-confidence, life-long learning skills and career skills. Bridging the Gap chose to focus on strengthening an existing policy.

A policy that prohibits electronic cigarettes use on school grounds currently exists, but the students believe the enforcement is lacking. By strengthening this current policy, the students believe they can reduce electronic cigarette use among students.
Pictured:  Snowball hug circle
STC underground teens following their introduction
 to the St. Charles Park District Board on
 February 10, 2014
The STC Underground is a unique place for teens to “hang out”, socialize, play games, surf the internet, watch TV, do homework, and much more. Open to all Middle School & High School teens, including parochial schools and home schooled students who reside within St. Charles School District boundaries.   7 teens from the STC Underground Teen Center were recruited to join Kane County’s REALITY group to promote smoke-free parks for the city of St. Charles. The group interactively learned about the benefits of smoke-free parks while learning the skills needed to pass an ordinance. STC Underground teens released a community survey to gauge support for this initiative. Upon the survey closing, 116 were completed with strong support for a smoke-free parks ordinance.
The teens presented the survey results at the St. Charles Park District Board meeting April 28, 2015.

The Youth Leadership Academy - YLA meets twice a month on Saturdays to teach youth the leadership skills they’ll need as adults. By staying in the program from 7th grade through the 12th grade, the participants receive a scholarship to attend Elgin Community College.

YLA teens chose to spend their time working towards a smoke-free parks ordinance for the city of Elgin. Following the completion of the EYPC curriculum, YLA presented their initiative in front of the Elgin City Council on Kick Butts Day-March 18th, 2015.

Following the presentation, a draft ordinance for smoke-free parks was requested by a council member!!

Pictured:  YLA members
Photo credit: Rick West, Daily Herald
Empowering youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco!
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Kane County students participating
in Reality Kane activities for
Kick Butts Day 
March 18th, 2015
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