BASE, in collaboration with Evansville High School and many community partners, hosts 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 freshmen from EHS participate in the Reality Maze each 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. Three officers from the Evansville Police Department handed out tickets to the youth, two 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. One volunteer from the Sexual Assault Recovery Program was there explaining to students the trauma of sexual abuse. There was one representative from Rock County Juvenile Diversion there to give the youth a “real life” look at what would happen if they were put on parole or sent to “juvey”. Attorney and School Board Member Mason Braunschwing was 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. A number of local parents also volunteered to staff the registration, party and parent tables. 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. We look forward to seeing them back again next year!