Reality Check goes to Orenda Springs to Practice Leadership, Activism Skills in the Movement Against Tobacco Industry

Local Reality Check members from Fulton Central School District and Syracuse Central School District will travel to Marcellus to join other New York State Reality Check members on the ropes at Orenda Springs Experiential Learning Center.

The members will be participating with one hundred other Reality Check youth members from across New York State.

The day’s focus will be on leadership and youth activism skills and utilizing their youth voice to educate and demand support for efforts to help create a tobacco free generation.

The youth will put their leadership and team building skills to the test on the high ropes and low ropes with adult supervision and assistance.

One of the missions of Reality Check is to teach youth to advocate against the tobacco industry.

According to Kathleen Knopp, Reality Check coordinator, “It is critical that the youth understand that the tobacco industry targets them and their peers, which leads to 380,000 young people under the age of 18 to smoke their first cigarette, yearly.”

Tobacco use continues to be the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US.

Reality Check is a youth-led action movement with the main goal of exposing the advertising and marketing practices of the tobacco industry.

Reality Check of Cayuga, Onondaga and Oswego counties is looking for youth 13 to 18 interested in making a difference in their community and across New York State.

Members meet new people, and can learn public speaking skills, effective communication, advocacy, and problem solving skills while having the opportunity to work alongside community partners and elected officials.

Reality Check members meet monthly in each of the three counties for planning, training and participation in community activities.

Interested youth should contact Knopp-Haney, RC coordinator for Cayuga, Onondaga, and Oswego counties at 315-343-2344 #23 or via email at [email protected] for an application.

Reality Check is funded by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control.