2013 High School Reality Maze
BASE, in collaboration with Evansville High School and many community partners, hosted a Reality Maze for the freshman class at Evansville High School. A “Reality Maze” is designed to “bring to life” the potential effects of life’s choices stemming from underage drinking, and other high risk behaviors. Some of the behaviors include: drug use, huffing, marijuana, alcohol abuse, drunk driving, car accidents, sexting, bullying, risky sexual behaviors, pregnancy and prescription drug abuse. Over 100 freshman from EHS participated in the Reality Maze this year.
Teens navigate their way through the Maze by drawing scenario cards that indicates a choice for them. After receiving this choice the teens follow the maze path to discover some of the realities that choices may bring them. The Maze paths are staffed by community partners who play a certain role in the consequences. Two officers from the Evansville Police Department handed out tickets to the youth, 2 representative from the Evansville EMS loaded youth on stretchers and brought them to the “hospital” which was staffed by nursing students from Edgewood College, some of the nursing students also had information related to STI’s, pregnancy and the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body. Two volunteers from the Sexual Assault Recovery Program were there explaining to students the trauma of sexual abuse. There were 2 representatives from Rock County Juvenile Diversion and 2 representatives from Juvenile Parole there to give the youth a “real life” look at what would happen if they were put on parole or sent to “juvey.” There were 2 lawyers from Consigny law firm as well as Attorney and Evansville Alderman, Mason Braunschwing there explaining to the youth the legal consequences of their scenarios as well as representatives from the school on hand to explain the school related consequences. Local insurance agent Jeff Farmsworth was on hand to tell students what would happen to their insurance and the potential financial consequences of these risky behaviors. A number of local parents also volunteered to staff the registration, party and parents tables. Youth to Youth of Rock County was there with a few students to show students the effects of marijuana on the lungs (with the help of pig lungs) as well as to simulate what happens to your body when you are high. After the students are finished with the Maze they have a discussion about what they went through and how it relates to their real life.
As you can see, the Reality Maze is a great community collaboration and there are many volunteers that donate their time to make it a success. Their time and dedication is appreciated and we hope to see them back again next year!