Reality Check  (RC) is made up of teens across New York State who expose the truth about tobacco and the marketing practices of the tobacco industry. The teens of RC work on various activities and local actions, as well as having opportunities to work alongside other RC groups in every New York State county, and as part of a national and international youth voice against Big Tobacco’s effort to recruit “replacement smokers”.

Reality Check teens host events, meetings, trainings, street marketing actions, and more, all in order to educate people and get people to take action in meaningful ways to reduce the impact of tobacco.

Our Goals:

  1. Learn how to embrace challenges that bring about change.
  2. Practice leadership and activism skills in the movement against tobacco use and the tobacco industry.
  3. Utilize the youth voice to be empowered to educate, demand support and help create a tobacco free generation.
Find a Group!
Cortland County
Cortland Junior Senior High School - Relay For Life Club
Homer Junior High School 
Tompkins County
Chenango County
Norwich High School
Bainbridge-Guildford High School
Interested in having Reality Check at your school or organization or have us come in for a presentation, contact us!

Meet Katie! She is our 2017 Statewide Youth Advocate of the Year and our 2016 Central Region Youth Advocate of the Year for Cortland, NY.

You don't have to be in Reality Check for several years to win and it doesn't take a certain characteristic or person to apply or even be awarded.

It takes passion, hard-work and commitment to a cause that doesn't change overnight!

YOUTH SUMMIT

 An opportunity for teens from across the state to attend a 3 days full of valuable training's, as well as participate in activities that build skills in leadership, team building and self-empowerment. 

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Cortland County

Jennifer Hamilton

Community Engagement Coordinator

607-758-5501

Melissa Potter

Reality Check Coordinator

607-756-3416

Tompkins County

Ted Schiele

Tompkins County Coordinator

607-274-6712

Chenango County

Rose Walsh

Chenango County Coordinator

607-758-5515

Cortland County Health Department

60 Central Ave.

Cortland, NY 13045