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Ceremony to Take Place Next Thursday For 1st Annual Reality Check Cortland County YAYA


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On Thursday, July 11th, New York State Senator Lea Webb will be presenting the first annual Reality Check of Cortland County Youth Ambassador of the Year Award (YAYA) to Olivia Hamilton, a recent graduate of Homer High School. The award is to recognize Hamilton’s work with the Reality Check Program.

The event will take place, in partnership with the Village of Homer Recreation Department, on the Village Green on Thursday at 8:30pm, prior to the showing of the Homer Recreation Department’s first tobacco-free movie, Migration.

“As a member of the Senate’s Health Committee, I believe it is vital to support programs like Reality Check that bring awareness about the tobacco industry’s tactics, which often targets youth and other marginalized communities. We know the negative effects tobacco can have on a person’s health including cancer, respiratory illnesses, and other issues,”

said State Senator Lea Webb.

Hamilton has been considered an instrumental part of the program for the past 6 years with Reality Check Coordinator Rose Walsh expressing gratitude for all of the students in the program who’ve raised awareness about the negative impacts of tobacco industry marketing, and on leading a tobacco-free generation.

“This evening is so important for the youth, their families, and for members of the community to see the amazing amount of work that can be accomplished by our young people. Reality Check youth, ages 12-18, are doing things I could have never dreamed of doing at that age.”

Walsh said.

Reality Check has been working with local youth in educating their peers and community leaders on the tactics the tobacco industry uses when marketing towards young people since 2001.

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