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Reality Tour a program of CANDLE Inc. (Community Action Network)

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aka CANDLE, Inc.   |   Butler, PA   |  http://www.candleinc.org

Mission

It is the mission of the non-profit CANDLE, Inc. to provide consequence-driven, innovative, contemporary, cost-effective, and replicable drug prevention education at the community level for parent and child via Reality Tour; and to develop corresponding tools for parents and schools.

Notes from the nonprofit

CANDLE, Inc. fills the gaps in current prevention services through the Reality Tour Program that helps a community by: 1) providing a parent and child prevention experience to get 'on the same page' for prevention 2) providing an accessible regularly scheduled volunteer-driven prevention program 3) utilizing and networking existing community resources 4) offering a role for every willing community volunteer 5) showing the consequences of experimentation in a sensitive manner appropriate for ages 10-17

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mrs. Norma Norris

Main address

Monarch Place 100 Brugh Avenue

Butler, PA 16001 USA

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EIN

71-0962470

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CANDLE, Inc. is working to attract volunteers and attendees to restart the parent/child Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program across four sites in Western Pennsylvania post Covid. In addition, since the federal government took down the website that listed Reality Tour and all prevention programs, we must find a way to make our Reality Tour Program Model known and available to communities .

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Reality Tour Parent/Child Drug Prevention Program

During the Reality Tour presentation parents and children 'witness' the effects of drug abuse as they view dramatic scenes introduced by the 'voice of the addict'. Scenes depict arrest, imprisonment, overdose and a funeral. Everyone attending is assigned a 'drug addiction' complete with their 'story of addiction' including gateway drugs. Youth trace their handprints on the Reality Tour banner as a drug-free commitment. Question and answer sessions with law enforcement and addicts in recovery, allows for interaction. Photographs of teens are taken upon arrival, digitally morphed into an unattractive likeness, and then returned at the program's end. The photos serve as a reminder of the haunting, progressively deteriorating, real mug shot photos of an addict displayed during the tour. Law enforcement educates on emerging drugs like methamphetamine or any drug that is a problem in the community.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Adolescents

Where we work

Accreditations

PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations 2020

Blairsville Community Support Against Drugs 2014

County of Westmoreland, PA 2007

George Junior Republic 2005

GreatNonProfits.org 2022

Awards

Acts of Caring Award 2005

National Association of Counties

Service to Science 2008

Northeast Centers for the Application of Prevention Technology

Community Based Crime Prevention Program of 2008 2008

International Society of Crime Practitioners

2016TopRated NonProfit 2016

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2017 TopRated NonProfit 2017

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2018 TopRated NonProfit 2018

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2019 TopRated NonProfit 2019

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2020 TopRated NonProfit 2020

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2021 TopRated NonProfit 2021

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2022 TopRated NonProfit 2022

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Affiliations & memberships

Whippet Wipeout Coalition Detroit MI 2021

Prince Georges County Health Department, MD 2021

Community Awareness Resources Entity of AZ 2019

Bryan's Smile Los Angeles, CA 2015

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation 2012

Attack Addiction, Delaware 2015

Livingston Co. Community Mgmt. Health Authority 2018

Education for Quality Living 2020

Community Partners for Better Health 2020

Children's Center of NWNC 2020

Beaver County Behavioral Health 2009

Messengers Organization 2017

Partnership to End Addiction 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in substance abuse

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Parents

Related Program

Reality Tour Parent/Child Drug Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of replications of Reality Tour using CANDLE, Inc.'s Program Model for delivery of community-based prevention to families in the general public where no prevention program existed before.

Number of students receiving information on tobacco use and addiction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Reality Tour Parent/Child Drug Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers represent youth reached via CANDLE, Inc.'s 'I Promise' annual campaign. The event is held in schools primarily during Red Ribbon Week. Target audience is grade 6 & 7.

• number of youth who report an increase in discussion within the home regarding substance abuse • number of youth reporting discussion in the home was made easier by the Reality Tour experience

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Reality Tour Parent/Child Drug Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Study of 122 youth in families with motivated parents, conducted by the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. The shift is notable in that these families had healthy communications now made more robust.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of the nonprofit CANDLE, Inc. is to reach as many families as possible with our memorable 'Reality Tour' prevention experience by delivery of the program in four sites in PA to reach hundreds of families and to also reach thousands more families with replications of our program beyond replications currently in nine states.

CANDLE, Inc. maintains a website that offers a video introduction to Reality Tour. Reality Tour developer Norma Norris hosts webinars for communities. Outreach to civic organizations via speaking engagements at meetings and conferences is continual. Consultations with officers of civic clubs are offered to assess their readiness to be involved in a prevention effort.

CANDLE is active on social media. A team of digital marketers is engaged to tell the Reality Tour story and build awareness for prevention.

Our partnerships with universities attract talented interns who gain experience and advance the mission of CANDLE, Inc. during their service. The most talented students are retained on a contract basis.

CANDLE, Inc. is equipped to provide a program model to every community that wants to replicate a consequence-driven prevention experience for families to attend. The Reality Tour Program Model is offered as a download.

CANDLE, Inc. currently has replications of Reality Tour throughout the US that are managed by the non-profit via online trainings and private consultations.

CANDLE has attained a Google AdGrant and hired a profession to manage our online attraction via key words and ads.

CANDLE updates program content continually to keep abreast of changing drug trends. A complete update to statistics and content occurs every 2 years.

From the first grassroots Reality Tour presented in 2003 and the establishment of the nonprofit CANDLE, Inc. in 2004 the program has grown to reach families in 9 states and impacted over 50,000+ families. Reality Tour has progressed from a grassroots effort to evidence-based status and was accepted to the federal government's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) in 2009 - an accomplishment almost unheard of for a grassroots effort.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Reality Tour a program of CANDLE Inc. (Community Action Network)
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Reality Tour a program of CANDLE Inc. (Community Action Network)

Board of directors
as of 11/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Norma Norris

CANDLE, Inc.

Term: 2024 - 2020


Board co-chair

Ms. Alexandra Elliott

University of Pittsburgh

Term: 2010 - 2023

Lexie Elliott

Univ. of Pittsburgh Greek Life

Terri Helfer

LifeSteps

John Walchesky

Mars National Bank

Peter Piotrowski

State Farm Agency

Aaron Bonus

Bonus Accounting

Olivia Testa

Goodwill, Ind.

Ed Catozella

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No