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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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