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 to spread tobacco-free messages and promote local tobacco control policies. YAB meetings are held once a month in Bloomington-Normal.

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 

YAB collecting bags of tobacco litter at annual tobacco litter clean-ups!


REALITY is a great way to:

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

Tobacco prevention billboard designed by YAB!

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Join REALITY Illinois


Youth Action Board (YAB) meets one evening a month in Bloomington-Normal. If you're interested in joining YAB, contact Morgan Casey at (309) 888-5968 or

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.