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Inside Out Organ program continues to change lives in Snohomish County

Published January 11, 2016

”Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

For over 20 years, Inside Out: The Original Organ Show has been educating children, teens and adults on the effects of substance and drug abuse using real organs, both well taken care of and abused. Presentations focus on drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, trauma, and overall— promote a healthy lifestyle.

The team of presenters (Shawneri Guzman, Kristyn Seed and Rosie Wilkins) travel to schools and community events every year, spreading the truth about harmful habits. In the 2014-2015 school year they visited 53 schools, presented over 300 times and reached about 12,000 students. Teachers unanimously agree that these presentations impact the students’ choices to make healthier choices in life which is why the Inside Out team is asked to come back year after year. One student by the name of Sally wrote a letter, thanking the team, “You might have saved my life without even knowing it.”

No two Inside Out presentations are the same because presenters don’t read off a script. “We ask teachers what topics would be most beneficial for the students to hear about and evaluate our audience real time to see what things interest them,” says Shawneri Guzman, program director. By doing this, they are able to make sure the information they present is current and are able to add new material as things pop up. “When we heard there was an uprising in the use of e-cigarettes, we immediately started talking about it. Kids need to know that e-cigs are not safe even though they are marketed that way.”

Thanks to the financial support of Providence General Foundation, the team is continuing their presentations with schools in Snohomish County using education to change our community one student at a time.

If you would like to learn more about the Inside Out program or are interested in being a presenter, please contact Shawneri Guzman.