FAQ’s

EYPC Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the role of other community organizations in EYPC implementation?
2. You mentioned “walking communities” to engage healthy communities. Can you explain that idea?
3. Just to confirm, is there no cost to the EYPC facilitator training or for the program?
4. This seems like a lot of commitment; is it truly worth the effort?
5. Will there be regular updates after we have begun this process?
6. What about the evaluation costs?
7. Will the legislative advocacy part conflict with “no lobbying” part of Fed. and state funders?
8. How does EYPC meet Illinois civic education requirements and social science learning standards?
9. How adaptable or responsive is EYPC to our community’s unique situations or needs?

1. What is the role of other community organizations in EYPC implementation?

Working in collaboration with other community organizations or agencies is a critical part of EYPC program implementation in your community. For example, one previous implementer reports that their local health department was critical in laying the groundwork for passing their county retail tobacco licensing ordinance that went to final passage through the efforts of EYPC youth.


2. You mentioned “walking communities” to engage healthy communities. Can you explain that idea?

This refers to a variety of policies that may make communities more pedestrian-friendly. For example, many communities pass ordinances that require new developments to include sidewalks and bikeways. Other communities create walkways or bikeways that safely connect neighborhoods and shopping areas together.


3. Just to confirm, is there no cost to the EYPC facilitator training or for the program?

There is never any cost for any EYPC training whether in person or online and all program implementation are provided free of charge. EYPC is supported by grants from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery and by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


4. This seems like a lot of commitment; is it truly worth the effort?

According to the words of one previous EYPC implementer, “It may seem daunting, and it is definitely some work, but it is so worthwhile and so rewarding. It truly is a win-win-win: for the youth, for the community, and for public health or the policy issue you decide to work on. It is amazing to see the youth transform, become more confident, well-spoken and educated.”


5. Will there be regular updates after we have begun this process?

EYPC program development staff will maintain contact with facilitators through email updates. We will also provide ongoing technical assistance on an as-needed basis. Regular updates and information will also be available through the EYPC Groupsite for internal communication with program implementation sites and on our Facebook page.


6. What about the evaluation costs?

There are no evaluation costs, including any shipping of print survey materials. EYPC is supported by grants from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


7. Will advocacy by youth violate any government agency rules? 

EYPC does not financially support any direct policy advocacy efforts by youth or agencies or organizations that adopt the program. EYPC trains facilitators to implement the program. Youth in EYPC focus on educating the community and decision makers about the potential of a given policy to reduce the identified and documented community problem or promote health. When implementing the program, please check with your organization or agency’s policies to be sure you adhere to any internal rules.


8. How does EYPC meet Illinois civic education requirements and social science learning standards?

See here.


9. How adaptable or responsive is EYPC to our community’s unique situations or needs?

Depending on your organization, agency or community needs, you are free to adapt any part of the program. Talk to your EYPC support team about adapting the EYPC curriculum for to best meet your unique needs and your community’s situation.