WHS student named Champion for Change

Woodbury High School student named Champion for Change
Posted on 11/05/2018

Esperanza Lee, a sophomore at Woodbury High School, received the Champion for Change Award from the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health on Friday, Nov. 2. Lee was recognized for her work of promoting positive mental health in her school and community.

Through her initiative Stick With Hope, she has made an impact in schools and communities around the state. Stick With Hope provides people with sticky notes with the words “There is ALWAYS hope.” The notes are given with the purpose that they will be used to share handwritten words of encouragement with others. In all, more than 500 note packs have been donated.

Lee has also worked closely with Woodbury Thrives, a community group dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles, mental well-being and social connectedness. As a volunteer, Lee has spoken to elementary and middle school students about depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. Her work is credited with helping reduce the stigma around mental health issues in her community.

Lee was presented with the 2018 Champion for Change Award at the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health Evening of Heart Silent Auction and Awards Gala in Bloomington.