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Presentation for Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary Club March 3, 2011. What Is Healthy YOUth ?. Youth Opportunities Unlimited Drug-prevention organization at Zion-Benton Township High School 58 students in grades 9-12

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presentation for illinois beach sunrise rotary club march 3 2011
Presentation for

Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary Club

March 3, 2011

what is healthy youth
What Is Healthy YOUth?
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited
  • Drug-prevention organization at Zion-Benton Township High School
  • 58 students in grades 9-12
  • Sponsored by the Coalition for Healthy Communities with the Lake County Health Department
  • Currently grant funded
understanding our social norm campaign
Understanding Our Social Norm Campaign
  • Highlights the fact that most students at ZBTHS are drug-free
  • Concentrates on positive images rather than negative ones
  • Uses statistics gathered from the Illinois Youth Survey (data collected for over 10 years)
  • 9 out of 10 ZeeBees are tobacco-free
  • 7 out of 10 ZeeBees are alcohol-free
what does healthy youth do
What Does Healthy YOUth Do?
  • Smoke Free Parks
    • Conducted smoke-free park cleanups and surveys
    • Presented to the Zion Park District two years ago
    • Helped pass a smoke-free parks policy for all Zion Parks
    • Current goal is to make people aware of the Zion ordinance and to encourage other communities to adopt similar smoke-free parks initiatives
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What Does Healthy YOUth Do?
  • Social Host Ordinances
    • Helped support and promote parents to stop their children from having underage drinking parties
    • Parents are responsible if they host the party
    • Ordinances have been passed in Zion, Beach Park and Winthrop Harbor
  • Project Sticker Shock
    • Traveled to alcohol vendors across the community and placed stickers on packaged alcohol
  • BASSET Training
    • Beverage Alcohol Seller and Server Educational Training
      • Supported the Coalition for Healthy Communities in promoting a training program for all people who serve and sell alcoholic beverages to do so responsibly
      • Passed through the Zion Liquor Control Commission and will be presented to Zion City Council on March 15th
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What Does Healthy YOUth Do?
  • School Activities
    • Red Ribbon Week
      • Promote students to be aware of drug and alcohol issues
      • First big event of the year (in October)
    • Drunk and Drugged Driving Month
      • Activities concentrate on how students are impaired while using drugs and alcohol
    • Great American Smokeout/Kick Butts Day
      • November and March
      • Nationally recognized days for people who are trying to quit smoking or are proud to be smoke-free
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What Does Healthy YOUth Do?
  • Community Events
    • Operation Snowball
      • Five area high schools come together to focus on teambuilding and leadership skills
      • Brainstorm different ideas about how to promote healthy choices
    • World No Tobacco Day Walk
      • In conjunction with Tobacco Free Lake County at Independence Grove
      • Makes a county-wide statement
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What Does Healthy YOUth Do?
  • Mama’s Run
    • 5K Run/Walk (Sat. of Mother’s Day Weekend)
    • Our biggest fundraiser
    • The idea is to not only raise funds but also raise awareness for drug prevention and bring the community together
    • Try to get local vendors to promote their businesses through our goodie bags and raffles
who supports healthy youth
Who Supports Healthy YOUth?
  • Our school district and administration
    • Zion-Benton Township High School
  • The Coalition for Healthy Communities
    • Through a drug-free communities grant from the Department of Health and Human Services
  • The Lake County Health Department
    • Through the DFC Grant with staff
    • Through the Tobacco-Free Lake County Staff
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center
    • Has provided funding specifically for Healthy YOUth for several years and supports our endeavors by continuously offering in-kind support and guidance by staff
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