On October 22nd Change the Outcome premiered its new documentary at the Twin Cities Film Festival. In attendance, among many supporters were Senator Tina Smith, Honorable Judge Marta Chou, and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
How We Work
Combating addiction through educational initiatives for young people
First, students watch our documentary. It puts a human face on addiction and recovery in Minnesota’s youth. The documentary reveals the gap between most kids’ beliefs about drug use and the reality: what an addict really looks like, how commonplace addiction really, and how mental health and substance use often go hand in hand. We created the film for middle and high school students to share honest stories of young adults and others who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic and addiction.
Soon after viewing the film, students hear from a panel made up of young people in recovery, a parent who has lost a loved one to addiction and often a local narcotics law enforcement officer. Panels provide real-time information on the opioid situation in your community and candid answers to questions from the audience. We provide truthful, factual answers to questions using current data from authoritative sources. We address critical topics like recognizing an overdose, Naloxone/Narcan, the Good Samaritan Law, safe medication disposal, and local support resources.
We began our program in the fall of 2017 with help from Hennepin County Drug Courts and the FBI. Our first panels were held in two pilot school programs. After our initial success, Change the Outcome took the lead. Since then, we’ve spoken to almost 25,000 students, 700 educators, and 1000 parents and community members. Our early panels, focused on 7th-10th graders, were so impactful, that we’ve been invited back to work with other grades. During the 2018-2019 school year, we presented our program to more than 18 school districts throughout the state.
Are you ready to Change the Outcome? You can request a visit to your school or community. You can support us knowing that 100% of your donations go directly to developing and presenting curriculum that addresses important aspects of the opioid epidemic, substance use disorder and recovery, particularly with regard to young adults. Or, you can educate yourself on recognizing opioid addiction and helping addicts seek recovery.
Change the Outcome provides focused learning opportunities for young people that will educate them on important aspects of opioid use and the disease of addiction. Every student will be armed with practical knowledge that can save a life, prevent substance use disorder, and actively address the opioid epidemic in simple but meaningful ways.
It's rewarding to know our program really works, and our Audience Survey shows just that;
95% said they would be more careful when deciding if they would take a pill or substance because of the information they learned from Change the Outcome.
89% felt other people their age would benefit from the program.
Audience members gave an average overall rating of 9 on a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (excellent).
Comprehension of Narcan, Good Samaritan Laws, assessing personal risk of SUD, recognizing an overdose, and safe disposal of medications went up an average of 80%.
Honest Conversations Matter
We're here to lead them
What students are saying about our panels
Your presentation was very helpful because it teaches some of the basics of drug use, but it is coming from a wide range of people who have real-life experiences. Drug addicts, parents, and police all have a different perspective and you didn’t sugar coat it.
I’ve had friends and family who struggle with substance use disorder and you helped remind me that there is always hope and recovery is possible. I’m glad you talked about how important it is that we support people with addictions rather than blaming them for their disease. I learned so much about simple things that I can do to help with this, issue and maybe even save a life.
Seeing real people, telling their stories was so impactful. It wasn’t just a lecture or movie, we could ask questions and you gave honest answers. It made me understand the opioid epidemic in a whole new way.
Meeting Your School’s Needs
Change the Outcome’s educational initiatives do not come in a “one size fits all” box. We work with schools to deliver programs that fit their district and student needs to maximize our impact.
What teachers are saying about our panels
A.S.8th Grade Teacher
The experiences you and the rest of the panel shared are so important to my students. It is so valuable for them to hear how "regular" people can become addicted to drugs. The more they can hear the effects drugs have on them and the people that love them and support them the better. It has a great impact on the choices they make. I hope to continue to have this important information shared with my students.
D.Y.District Learning Manager
The opioid epidemic is a critical issue and the more youth we can reach, the more opportunities we have to be proactive in prevention. Prevention is key, and the impact of these panels is incredible.
M.N.10th Grade Teacher
Our students got so much out of this! The speakers were amazing. I’m grateful we had an opportunity to include this in our health curriculum, it’s so important that we keep this dialogue going. We’re looking forward to having more of our students benefit from these panels, and we’re working on organizing a "parent night" too.
What law enforcment officers are saying about our panels
Having honest conversations with youth about what’s happening in their communities with regard to drugs is crucial. It helps them understand misconceptions related to drug use.
Working with Change the Outcome and engaging with students is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done in my career thus far.
Meet the Founder
Mom and Activist
Mom and Activist
In an effort to make something good come from my heartache I began volunteering on different efforts surrounding the opioid epidemic after we lost Luke. I was a board member with the Steve Rummler Hope Network after volunteering there for several months, I've worked with several community coalitions in the twin cities and northern Minnesota, and participated in Hennepin County’s NoOverdose Campaign to assist in educating communities about current drug dangers, trends and prevention through town hall meetings. My work on these different areas made me realize that my heart is with the kids—I need to try to reach kids! So much of the work being done is focused on reacting to this national health crisis. I believe we can save a lot of lives through efforts aimed at prevention. Information is power, and if young people have the facts they can be aware of the problem and make their decisions accordingly.
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