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2019 Champion for Change Award


Are you a young person between the ages of 10 and 21 who’s been a champion for positive mental health in your school or community? Whether you’re a teen who started a program to reduce bullying in your high school or a middle-school student who organized a fundraiser to help young people experiencing depression—we want to hear your story!

Submissions for our fourth annual Champion for Change Award will open in soon. Check back to learn more and share your story.

2018 Champion for Change Award Recipients

Sanjana Dutt, 12th Grade, Mounds View High School
In 2017, Sanjana Dutt founded a chapter of Helping Every At Risk Teen (HEART) at Mounds View High School, a nonprofit that aims to break down the stigma surrounding mental health disorders. Through her leadership, the organization implemented numerous wellness events throughout the year and is currently working to start a wellness tip line available to all students in the Mounds View School District. Beyond her efforts at school, Sanjana is also spreading awareness about mental health throughout her community. She collaborated with the Shoreview Library to organize a week of presentations during Suicide Prevention Week—and moving forward, she’s working to bring in therapy dogs for students during finals week. Sanjana is also active with the Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative and sits on a multicultural board developing an anti-stigma campaign for diverse communities. As she prepares for college, Sanjana is excited to continue her advocacy efforts, helping students with mental health disorders know they’re not alone.

Esperanza Lee, 10th Grade, Woodbury High School
15-year-old Esperanza Lee started Stick With Hope, an initiative that advocates for youth mental wellness through educational presentations and resources. Working in collaboration with a variety of organizations, Lee disseminates packs of sticky notes with the words “There is ALWAYS hope” to schools and community groups across Minnesota. With these packs, youth and adults have the opportunity to craft handwritten notes of encouragement to share with young people. To date, more than 500 note packs have been donated. In addition to spreading words of hope, Esperanza also prepares presentations for elementary and middle school students to introduce them to depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. Esperanza’s hard work and passion for ending stigma have touched the lives of countless students and will continue making a difference throughout her community.