For Teens/REALITY Illinois


What is REALITY Illinois?

REALITY Illinois is an in-your-face anti-tobacco movement created by and for Illinois teens. REALITY teens from all over McLean County have the opportunity to earn community service hours, gain advocacy skills and meet other teens while promoting positive change on a local level. 

What do REALITY Illinois teens do?

The McLean County Chapter of REALITY Illinois partners with Project Oz's Youth Action Board (YAB) group and Project Oz's Say Yes to No (Y2N) group to spread tobacco-free messages and promote local tobacco control policies. YAB meetings are held at Project Oz in Bloomington, IL and Y2N meetings are held at Heyworth High School in Heyworth, IL.
  • YAB works toward tobacco-free outdoor spaces, specifically tobacco-free parks.
  • Y2N works toward strengthening local code governing tobacco use, including e-cigarettes on school property and at school-sponsored events off school property.

Activities include:

  • Participating in radio and TV commercials
  • Conducting community surveys 
  • Spreading tobacco prevention messages
  • Designing billboards and posters 
  • Tobacco litter pick-ups
  • Creating presentations on smoke-free and e-cigarette policies 

REALITY is a great way to:

  • Meet new friends with similar interests
  • Build your resume
  • Earn community service hours and Letters of Rec
  • Make positive change in the community

YAB and Y2N collect bags of tobacco litter at annual tobacco litter clean-ups!


Lunchroom recruitment activity by Y2N - Snowball toss and hot chocolate bar at their school!

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Smoke-free park billboard design by YAB!

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Join REALITY Illinois

Youth Action Board (YAB) meets two evenings a month at Project Oz in Bloomington, IL. If you're interested in joining YAB, contact Sarah Philos at (309) 888-5968 or by email at 
Say Yes to No (Y2N) meets one morning a month at Heyworth High School in Heyworth, IL. If you're interested in joining Y2N, contact Katie McHugh at (309) 888-5954 or by email at 

Are there quit resources just for teens?

Yes! Smokefree Teen and The Real Cost have teen-friendly information and resources for teens who want to quit, like smart phone apps, games, smoke-free text, and live help.