Success Stories

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Discover inspiring success stories from the substance use prevention curriculum developed by Emily’s Hope. Read how our approach to education and open communication has helped children make healthier choices and built resilience against substance use.

Our Mission

The Emily’s Hope Substance Use Prevention Curriculum is 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.

Pilot Program

Promising Early Results


Students in Pilot Program

The third grade curriculum was piloted at nine schools in South Dakota and Minnesota in the 2022-23 school year.



On average, students in the pilot program showed a 21 percentage point improvement in their evaluation scores after completing the curriculum.

Key Learning Outcomes

The biggest learning gains were seen in understanding the acronym PTA (Pause. Think. Act.), with a 44.8 percentage point increase, and identifying the “feel good” chemical released by the brain, with a 43.8 percentage point increase.

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Learn more about our pilot program results.