The Directing Change Program Mini Grant Program sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology and the Kevin and Margaret Hines Foundation

  • The Program is an evidence-based mental health promotion and suicide prevention program.

    Eligible Groups: Schools, districts, or organizations working with students in grades 9-12. Public, private, and charter schools and districts are all eligible to apply.

    Mini Grant Funding: $1,500 to implement the Directing Change Program & Film Contest in a classroom setting.

    • Teach at least one Directing Change suicide prevention lesson in a classroom on campus (Lesson plans are provided).
    • Have students review all educational resources and videos.
    • Have youth participate in the Directing Change program by creating short (30 or 60-second) Public Service Announcements about suicide prevention, applying the lessons they learned from the lesson and educational resources. A minimum of 10 films should be submitted to the program by the April 20, 2020 deadline.
    • Participate in the program evaluation.
    • Plan and implement an awareness event on campus which includes screening of the youth-produced films to peers and/or parents in May 2020.
    • Provide a final report including feedback about the experience and photos from the awareness event.

    Interested? Fill out this form by Wednesday, February 10th, 2020.

    The following information should be filled out by the lead person for the mini grant.
  • Please share what kind of event(s) you would implement if you received this grant.
  • Download a blank W-9 form here (we only need the first page):
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Questions?

    Contact us.

    In addition to the mini grant funding, the Directing Change Team will provide the following:
    • Work with lead teacher to discuss the project and provide guidance on the mental health or suicide prevention lesson plan, as desired.
    • Review scripts/storyboards for appropriate messaging, if desired.
    • Provide technical assistance and support with implementing the awareness activity.