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Directing Change Projects

The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) will support middle and high school students to develop videos for the California Directing Change Program and Film Contest. This statewide contest encourages students to create 30 and 60 second films to raise awareness about mental health and promote suicide prevention in their school communities. 

Applications Now Being Accepted

 

OCDE’s Student Advocates for Mental Health program can provide training, technical assistance, materials, and a $1,000 advisor incentive to a select number of Orange County schools to create and showcase films. 

Directing Change Program and Film Contest Goals

  1. Promote awareness and education about mental health in a creative way 

  2. Change and normalize conversations about mental health in school communities to increase help-seeking behaviors 

  3. Advocate for a shift in mindset through the use of film to support destigmatizing mental health 

  4. Inspire a new generation to better understand the warning signs of suicide and how to get help for themselves or a friend when concerned 

  5. Promote school and community resources that support suicide prevention and mental health services 

OCDE Directing Change Project Requirements:

  • Participating schools must engage a minimum of five students and one advisor to develop a minimum of three youth-created videos and submit them to the California Directing Change Program and Film Contest by March 1, 2021.

  • OCDE will provide a mental health workshop for participating students.

  • School administration should support the OCDE Directing Change Project evaluation, which will include conducting surveys with students who develop videos and a sample of students, parents/caregivers, and/or staff who participate in a showcase event.

Why Partner With OCDE?

While schools can submit films directly to the Directing Change Program and Film Contest, OCDE’s Student Advocates for Mental Health program can provide training, technical assistance, and materials to a select number of Orange County middle and high schools to develop films. In addition, these resources will be utilized to promote mental health awareness and resources on their school campuses. Each participating school will develop a minimum of three original films and hold a showcase event to raise awareness among students, staff and parents/caregivers through the screening of their films. OCDE will provide a $1,000 advisor incentive to support development of the films and showcase event when all OCDE Directing Change Project requirements are met. 

Click here to view last year’s Directing Change Program and Film Contest winning films.

APPLY TODAY

Deadline: December 15, 2020

For more information, please contact Stephanie Loscko at sloscko@ocde.us or 714-966-4319.