Community-Based Drug Prevention

Reality Tour Awards & Accomplishments

Great Nonprofits 2018 Top-rated

CANDLE, Inc. strives to be a transparent nonprofit following the best practices established by GuideStar and reflected on the GreatNonProfits website where outstanding nonprofits can earn the coveted Top Rated Nonprofit badge. The badge must be earned each year and CANDLE has earned the award on an annual basis.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

In 2011 Reality Tour was posted on SAMHSA’s NREPP website that lists evidence-based programs and practices that have met SAMHSA criteria. Research was conducted by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy in 2007-2008 and application was made to NREPP under the direction of Janice Pringle, PhD. Reality Tour was accepted for NREPP review in 2008 and is one of the few grassroots prevention interventions to achieve this status. CANDLE received a Service to Science award in 2008 which enhanced the study instrument with the assistance of Jessica Snell-Johns, PhD, Director, Promoting Positive Change, LLC.

National Sheriffs' Association

In 2009, CANDLE, Inc. was invited to present workshops at the National Sheriff’s Association Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL and at the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Conference in Butler, PA.

International Society of Crime Practitioners

In 2008 the Reality Tour was named ‘Community Based Crime Prevention Program of 2008 by the International Society of Crime Practitioners. The award was presented in Denver, Colorado.


In 2008, CANDLE, Inc. received a SAMHSA Service to Science Award via the NECAPT. This award provided the services of two researchers to aid in developing a control study research project. The pilot for the study was conducted in the Fall of 2008.

Neighborhoods USA

CANDLE, Inc. was selected as presenter at National Neighborhoods USA Conference in Kansas City, May 2006 and now 16 states are considering implementing the Reality Tour program.


The Reality Tour® was featured on WQED-PBS TV in January 2005. It is endorsed by a host of local government officials. In March 2005, the program was a Health Care Hero Award finalist for the Pittsburgh region.

National Association of Counties

In April 2005, CANDLE, Inc. received the National Association of Counties ‘Acts of Caring’ award on Capitol Hill.

Policy & Practice, national magazine of The American Public Human Services Association, published articles about CANDLE, Inc.’s Reality Tour® Drug Prevention Program in the Fall 2005, and Spring 2008.

Pennsylvania Institute’s Families & Schools magazine article titled, ‘Parental Involvement Required!’ was published in the Winter 2005 edition.

Our greatest accomplishment may be best expressed in comments on exit surveys like this one from a 16 year old, “I didn’t know you couldn’t try heroin once!”