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 newly created documentary that 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: from what an addict looks like to how commonplace addiction really is. This film was created for middle and high school students and shares 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 a local narcotics law enforcement officer, two young people in recovery, and someone who has lost a loved one to addiction. Panels provide real-time information on the opioid situation in your community and candid answers to questions from the audience.
Since November 2017, with the help of the Hennepin County Courts Judge Marta Chou and the FBI, we’ve spoken to almost 10,000 students, over 600 educators, and 800 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. Every school we visited last year has invited us to come back. Our goal is to double those numbers by the end of the 2018-19 school year.
Are you ready to Change the Outcome? You can request a visit in your community, support us knowing that 100% of your donations go directly to developing curriculum including 5 additional short video’s to more deeply address important aspects of addiction and recovery that effect young adults, or educate yourself on recognizing opioid addiction and helping addicts seek recovery.
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 found this helpful. I found it helpful because I have family members who struggle with drug use and I was always confused as to why it was so hard for them to stop using. I understand so much more now.
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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