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Champion for change: Lee recognized by Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health.

Esperanza Lee (left), a 10th-grader from Woodbury High School, was awarded the 2018 Champion for Change Award on Nov. 2 by the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health. Submitted photo

On Nov. 2, Woodbury High School 10th-grader, Esperanza Lee, was awarded the 2018 Champion for Change Award at the Radisson Blu at Mall of America by the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health.

Lee started Stick With Hope, an initiative that advocates for youth mental wellness through educational presentations and resources. Working in collaboration with a variety of organizations, Lee disseminates packs of sticky notes with the words "There is ALWAYS hope" to schools and community groups across Minnesota.

With these packs, youth and adults have the opportunity to craft handwritten notes of encouragement to share with young people. To date, more than 500 note packs have been donated. In addition to spreading words of hope, Lee prepares presentations for elementary and middle school students to introduce them to depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders.

Lee's hard work and passion for ending stigma has touched the lives of countless students and continues to make a difference throughout her community.

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