Kane County health officials want to start teen advisory panel on tobacco
The Kane County Health Department is seeking proposals for a teen advisory panel for the anti-tobacco REALITY program.
REALITY Illinois is a movement created by and for Illinois teens with the goal of spreading the word about the health risks of secondhand smoke and tobacco use. It is funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health and local health departments.
A $5,000 grant award is available during the period of Oct. 1 through June 30. Request for proposal responses are due by 3 p.m. Sept. 16.
The advisory panel is targeted for youth ages 13 through 18 who will work with local governing bodies to adopt policies that create healthier communities. REALITY Illinois teens work locally on issues, such as reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and protecting the environment from tobacco litter.
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, according to the health department.
For more information about REALITY Illinois and to download the TAP application, visit kanehealth.com.