Kane County Health Department seeks proposals for Teen Advisory Panel on tobacco

Submitted by Kane County Health Department
Posted9/10/2019 5:57 PM

The Kane County Health Department is seeking proposals for a Teen Advisory Panel for the tobacco REALITY program.

One $5,000 grant award is available during the period of Oct. 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. The proposals are due no later than 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.


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 departments, REALITY Illinois is spreading the word about tobacco industry manipulation, second-hand smoke and tobacco use to everyone in the state.

In the past, local REALITY teens planned, promoted and implemented special events for Kick Butts Day in March and the Great American Smoke Out in November. The events included a media advocacy initiative and counter-marketing effort.

Engaging Youth for Positive Change is a transformative process empowering young people to work with local governing bodies to adopt policies that create healthier communities. Targeted to youth, age 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.

The REALITY Illinois program integrates youth as actively engaged participants in tobacco control policy development and adoption. Involvement of well-prepared youth can lead to important policy and social norm changes. REALITY Illinois Teens seeks to directly impact tobacco control policies by working locally on issues such as reducing exposure to second hand smoke and protecting the environment from tobacco litter.

To learn about past teen groups, get more information about REALITY Illinois and to download the TAP application, visit kanehealth.com/Pages/Tobacco-Prevention.aspx.

Follow the Kane County teen advisory panel at www.instagram.com/reality_kane/.


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