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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.  

OCDE’s Student Advocates for Mental Health program can provide training, technical assistance, materials, and an incentive up to $800 to a select number of Orange County schools to create and showcase films. 

Directing Change Program and Film Contest Goals

  • Promote awareness and education about mental health in a creative way 

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

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

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

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

OCDE Directing Change Project Requirements:

  • Engage a minimum of five students in the project to develop a minimum of three films and submit to the California Directing Change Program and Film Contest on or before March 1, 2022.

  • A minimum of one school site advisor needs to support the development of student films.

  • Working in close partnership with your school's counseling department and school administration, support students to develop a mental health showcase video or event by May 31, 2022. 

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.  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 an advisor incentive up to $800 when all OCDE Directing Change Project requirements are met. 

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

Application 

If your school is interested in participating in OCDE's Directing Change Projects, please revisit this page to complete an application on October 1, 2021.

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

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