Program Manager at Directing Changing
Emma Spiekerman was a participant in the Directing Change Program and Film Contest while in high school and her film received second place in the statewide Mental Health category. She graduated with her bachelor's in psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she organized a Mental Health Dialogue Week on campus. She has worked as a Program Manager for Directing Change since 2021 and now lives in New York.
The Directing Change Team will discuss an innovative approach to preparing young people to recognize and respond to a peer in distress by taking participants through an abbreviated experience of the program and curriculum. The Program engages youth to learn about suicide prevention and mental health delivered through art and film contests and is coming to New York. 2022 Finalist student-produced short films will be shown. Youth in attendance can vote for the best short film!