Pioneering Substance Use Prevention Education for K-12 Students
Empower the next generation to make healthy choices with a comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum and resources from Emily’s Hope.
Emily’s Hope Substance Use Prevention Curriculum
The Emily’s Hope Substance Use Prevention Curriculum has been carefully designed to address growing concerns surrounding substance use and overdose in our communities. Our curriculum focuses on age-appropriate and evidence-based content that educates children about the risks of substance use while empowering them to make healthy choices. By fostering open communication between children, parents, and educators, we aim to create a supportive environment that promotes well-being and resilience.
A fervent desire burns within me to equip every child with the knowledge necessary to avoid addiction through our Emily’s Hope Prevention Curriculum.Angela Kennecke, CEO & Founder, Emily’s Hope
Emily’s Hope is dedicated to removing the stigma of substance use disorder through awareness, education, and prevention; and removing financial barriers for treatment and recovery.
PEOPLE DIE EACH DAY FROM OVERDOSE
This is up 2.5% from the previous year.
The death rate for fentanyl is rising.
adolescents died in 2019
adolescents died in 2021
Among adolescents, fentanyl-involved death rate increased from 1.21 per 100,000 in 2019 to 4.23 per 100,000 in 2021
of adolescent overdose deaths in 2021 involved fentanyl
In 2021, fentanyls were identified in 77.14% of adolescent overdose deaths
At Emily's Hope, our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to make healthy choices and combat substance abuse. We're proud to introduce our innovative, research-backed substance use prevention curriculum, designed to engage and educate students from kindergarten through 5th Grade, with middle & high school lessons coming soon.
Launching in the 2023/2024 school year, our K-5 curriculum is tailored to address the unique needs of young learners, delivering age-appropriate content that evolves with students as they grow and develop. With our 6-12 curriculum anticipated for the following year, we're committed to providing a comprehensive solution for substance use prevention education in schools across the nation.
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Meet the team
The Curriculum Committee
Our committee comprises engaged teachers, school administrators, college professors, and even the only South Dakota physician to be triple board certified in adult psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine.
Turning Heartbreak into Action
Angela Kennecke is turning her heartbreak into action by traveling the country to bring Emily’s story to communities, conferences and schools. She left journalism after more than three decades to become the CEO of Emily's Hope full-time.
Spencer,Merianne Rose et al. (2023). Estimates of Drug Overdose Deaths involving Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, and Oxycodone: United States, 2021.
Friedman J, Godvin M, Shover CL, Gone JP, Hansen H, Schriger DL. Trends in Drug Overdose Deaths Among US Adolescents, January 2010 to June 2021. JAMA. 2022;327(14):1398–1400. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.2847
Ahmad FB, Cisewski JA, Rossen LM, Sutton P. Provisional drug overdose death counts. National Center for Health Statistics. 2023.
NCHS, National Vital Statistics System. Estimates for 2022 are based on provisional data. Estimates for 2015-2021 are based on final data (available from: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/mortality_public_use_data.htm).