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Combating addiction through educational initiatives for young people


First, attendees 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 is, and how mental health and substance use often go hand in hand. We created the film to share honest stories of young adults and others who have been impacted by the opioid/substance use epidemic and addiction.


Soon after viewing the film, attendees hear from a panel made up of young people in recovery, a parent who has lost a loved one to addiction and occasionally a drug task force professional. Panels provide real-time information on the opioid situation in Minnesota 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 over 40,000 students, educators, parents, and community members. We offer distant learning programs (and when possible, will resume on-site programs) throughout the state of Minnesota to have honest conversations about the leading cause of death for young adults.


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 delivering curriculum on the opioid/substance use epidemic. We provide education about overdoses, substance use disorder, and recovery with a particular focus on young adults. Or, you can educate yourself on recognizing substance use disorder and supporting people in their recovery.

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Our Mission

Change the Outcome provides focused learning opportunities for audiences to educate them on important aspects of opioid use and the disease of addiction. Every attendee 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.

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Our Impact

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.

On Message

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%.

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Program Feedback

Here's what audiences and collaborators say about our panels

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.

A.S.8th Grade Teacher

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.


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.


Meeting Your Needs

Change the Outcome’s educational initiatives do not come in a “one size fits all” box. We work with collaborators to deliver programs that fit their audience and maximize our impact.

Every Visit is Unique

Meet the Founder

Colleen Ronnei

Mom and Activist

Colleen Ronnei

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 became 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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CTO Offers Distant Learning

CTO, like all schools during the pandemic, continues to educate students across the state of Minnesota. We are partnering with schools using “distant learning” to offer critical real-time curriculum on substance use disorder, the opioid […]

Duluth High Schools Welcome CTO

This week we traveled to Duluth to put on several panels for the Duluth Community. To the students of Duluth East and Denfeld High Schools, thank you for all your support and for your open minds!

Essentia Health Hosts CTO at Clyde Iron Works

Thank you for inviting us, Duluth! Despite a lot of wins in the battle against the Opioid Epidemic, we’ve still got work to do. We’re glad our program can support your fight.

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