REALITY Illinois is a program
that was developed by Illinois' teens and funded by the Illinois Department of
Public Health. The REALITY Illinois program encourages teen leaders to advocate
for and assist in developing tobacco-free policies in their communities. An
advisory panel made up of high school and middle school youth who wish to see a
positive difference in their community resulting from a tobacco-free initiative
are the driving force behind REALITY Illinois. The teens meet monthly to work
on advocacy efforts and assist in developing tobacco-free policies in their
communities as outlined by the engaging youth for positive change curriculum
that all Will County groups follow. The current initiatives REALITY IL groups
are working on are passing a tobacco-free parks ordinance in Wilmington, and
removing tobacco advertisements in businesses near schools in the Braidwood and
To start a Reality IL group at a
high school in Will County call 815-774-7312.
Will County Reality IL Teens recorded some very motivating videos that you can view by clicking the links below.