Watch the LIVE Launch of The Reality Check Campaign
Via Streaming Video on Oct. 13
ChiIL Mama will have interviews and loads of updates on the Girl
Scouts 100th year celebrations, Journey World and their newest
Chicago digs. We've interviewed Maria Wynne, CEO, Girl
Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and Lisa Garrucho,
Manager of Journey World.
Here's what the Girl Scouts have to say about Reality Check:
If you or someone you know loves watching reality TV, join us
for the LIVE launch of our Reality Check campaign and girl video
contest by tuning in to the Internet this Thursday at 4
This groundbreakingcampaign about self-esteem, media literacy and
today's technology helps girls understand how their own story is as
important and exciting as those on reality TV. Girls will first
learn some eye-opening statistics from a recent national survey,
they'll be part of a discussion about what's real and what's not in
reality TV and then get the scoop on how they can create their own
videos about their own girl realities.
It's the perfect way for girls to use technology to tell their
Kasia, the "real-sized" model and recent top-five contestant on
America's Next Top Model, will be on hand as Reality Check
kicks off this Thursday.
Campaign Empowers Girls to Issue 'Reality Check' through
A recent national pulse survey reveals regular reality TV
viewers differ dramatically from their non-viewing peers in their
expectations for peer relationships, their overall self-image and
their understanding of how the world works.
What: Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest
Indiana, the largest council in the nation, will launch an
interactive video campaign to empower girls ages 13 - 17 to share
the realities of their lives. The "Reality Check" campaign launches
with a live, television studio discussion between a panel of
experts and girls about the results of a national research survey
on teens and reality TV.
The alarming research indicates that many girls ages 11 - 17
view reality TV and perceive it to be an accurate depiction of real
life. Most also seek characters to whom they can personally relate
and who they feel most resemble themselves. Simultaneously,
the Girl Scouts will announce" Reality Check," a
high-profile campaign that calls on girls - both Girl Scouts and
non-Girl Scouts - to capture the "real" realities of their life on
Who: The Panel of Experts for the Live
Maria Wynne, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest
America's Next Top Model contestant & "fiercely real"
model Kasia Pilewicz
Girls (Girl Scouts and non Girl Scouts)
Local experts, including Dr. Sharon Ross, associate chair,
Television Department, Columbia College, will be available for
Maria Wynne and Kasia Pilewicz will serve as the talk show hosts
and ask girls questions relating to the research in a live,
discussion-style format. The event will be an opportunity to obtain
instant reactions about the research on girls and reality TV and
hear the details of the video contest for girls.
About "Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV" Study
Reality TV has become staple entertainment for young people and
adults alike. While many might view this phenomenon as relatively
harmless, research shows significant differences between those
girls who consume reality TV regularly and those who do not.
Regular reality TV viewers differ dramatically from their
non-viewing peers in their expectations for peer relationships,
their overall self-image and their understanding of how the world
At the same time, reality TV serves as a learning tool and inspires
young people to get involved in social causes. The Reality TV
study, with more than 1,100 11- to 17-year-old girls around the
country, explores the above findings and more.
Watch the streaming video of the event live on the
Internet as we broadcast from Columbia College's television
It's easy! Just log on to
Today, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m.
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
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