The Reality Tour held by CANDLE, Inc. on September 12, 2016 was an amazing and memorable experience. Previous to attending I had heard that the Reality tour was very powerful and the message was well done. After attending I can say that it far surpassed my expectations, was very powerful, and was done in a very nice way. All parts of the Tour were impactful but the most powerful were the interviews with a retired PA State Trooper and also interviews with young individuals from a correctional facility who were there because of involvement with drugs from a very young age. I must thank the CANDLE, Inc organization for providing this service to the community.
I am a PR intern at CANDLE for the spring of 2016. My name is Samantha and I’m a graduating senior at Slippery Rock University. My experience here has been great so far. I’ve been put in charge of reaching out to potential leads and working extensively on their Fun Fore All Fundraiser. I feel like CANDLE has offered me many opportunities to grow not only as an intern, but an individual as well. Everyone is so passionate about the cause and truly wants to make a difference in the lives of families. Working at an organization with such a great message has been very rewarding. Also, having been through the Reality Tour, I highly recommend the experience to all families.
I attended the reality tour last Thursday. I was not really sure what to expect, but I left with a wealth of knowledge about drugs and drug prevention for teens. I learned more about drug prevention in three hours than anything I have found on the internet or in school. I recommend this program for any pre-teen and their parents. This is a wonderful program for a family to make sure the whole family is on the same page and feel comfortable about talking about drugs. This tour gives you the reality of what happened when you get caught up in drugs. It gives a glimpse of a teens life struggles on drugs and it is very eye opening. Lastly, the part of the program I found to be most helpful was the Q and A with two teens who are in a correction facility and they talked about their lives on drugs. I though that it was very beneficial to hear how drugs are prevalent with teens first hand. Overall, this is a wonderful and very knowledge program. I recommend anyone to go.
I have been volunteering for 2 years with the Reality Tour. I started volunteering after I took my daughter to the Reality Tour in 6th grade. It is just a phenomenal program for both parents and students to create understanding and awareness of drug influence in the area. It helps educate what drugs to be aware of and the serious consequences of taking drugs. I am still impacted as a parent every time I volunteer.
I have been a volunteer for over 10 years and have had so many positive experiences, from the camaraderie with the other volunteers, to the hugs and comments from the attendees during the tour. I can't say how many times people have told me that they attended years ago, and how important it was for them and their children. Please, do yourself a favor - take your child to Reality Tour. And, if you are looking for purpose or involvement in a community - consider volunteering. There are many ways in which you can help. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a great day.
I have volunteered at CANDLE, mostly the Butler Reality Tour, for 10 years now. I can't tell you how many families have come up and held me at the end of the dramatic scenes and thanked me for our efforts, saying that they know this will make a difference in the lives of their children. I have had a friend's child, going off to college years after attending the Reality Tour, tell me that he never tried drugs and didn't intend to, because he was sincerely impacted by the facts he learned that evening with his parents. I also work all day at a not for profit community, and have had co-workers approach me asking for information about what they can do with their children. This is a tremendous resource for the community, brought about by people who just sincerely care about children and families having the information they need to keep themselves healthy. Bring your family! You will be glad you did.
As a volunteer Tour Director and Board Member, I occasionally have the privilege to attend open houses at different elementary schools in our area. Two things consistently stand out at these open houses: the number of parents who have already been through Reality Tour with their older children and can't wait to bring their younger children; and the number of parents who have not yet been through Reality Tour but have heard so many positive comments from friends and neighbors who have. I almost forgot, there are three things. The last is how many parents make a point to stop and thank us for providing Reality Tour to their families.
I could not put a price on any of the above.
I have been a tour director for a number of years and always look forward to each presentation. The reactions that we get from the young people and parents who attend each program constantly motivates me and reinforces the knowledge that we are doing the right thing, every time, all the time. Our message is consistent, timely and another educational tool to help families cope with the scourge that wants to get its grip into our children.
As a volunteer, I have to say it is so rewarding to see the amount of families that come in and have their lives changed. You can clearly see the positive effects that it has on pre-teens/teens by observing their behavior before the tour starts and after it is concluded.
I was the PR intern for CANDLE Inc. during my spring semester 2015. My name is Kaila and I am a graduating senior from Slippery Rock University. Being the intern for such a great cause really made this experience memorable. During my internship my main focus was to keep the social media accounts: Facebook and Twitter up-to-date. I also did written work, design work and other tasks throughout my internship. The wide variety of opportunities that was available for me to be part of was a great learning experience and a huge step forward for me when entering the professional world. I highly recommend CANDLE as a nonprofit that allows for a great internship!
It was an absolute honor for me to be part of the Reality Tour group last night. From the very beginning with the boy scouts, the very excellent film and right up to the very end at the viewing I felt involved in the life of the girl (on the tape).
I watched the faces of the kids and although you cannot always read, I read enough to tell me that the message was making a deep impression.
The viewing was so real, the mirror made such a dramatic impact. I know I was moved by it but in watching the parents and kids standing at the casket you could almost sense the shock as they looked in the mirror.
THE TOUR MAKES AN IMPACT and if the message sinks in to hopefully most, then it is a "life success".
Thank you for welcoming me.
Dori, Thanks so much for taking the time to attend Reality Tour and your offer to volunteer. We have such a great team, I am sure you will enjoy working with them. Next Reality Tour at the courthouse site is Tuesday, October 28th, 6pm. It is totally booked, as is the November and December Reality Tour! Regards, Norma Norris Executive Director CANDLE, Inc.
I have been working with the Reality tour for over a year and I have had the opportunity to see first hand how it changes lives. I also work at George Junior Republic where the majority of the speakers come from to speak about their life experiences with drugs or alcohol. I recently had a youth who has spoken 4 different times at Reality Tours make a great connection with a member of the audience who wanted to hire him to work with him once he is discharged from George Junior. This connection has done amazing things for the youth's attitude and I am proud to see how a member of our community can see the true potential in a youth from GJR. A huge thank you to the Reality Tour for letting the GJR youth speak and share their stories, this not only helps with their public speaking skills but also with their communication skills and confidence.