Soundcheck is inspired by students of all ages and experiences who express a genuine desire to be healthy, support their peers, learn unbiased facts about alcohol and other drugs, and play an active role in their school’s prevention initiatives. We are grateful to the many school leaders, students, parents, teachers, and public health professionals whose valuable experiences and insights shape our approach.
The name was suggested by a young graduate student who struggled with addiction in high school. Knowing Soundcheck founder Will Straughan's background as a musician, she drew upon the metaphor of the soundcheck, a process which ensures that performers can hear each other and communicate clearly with the sound crew and audience. She believed that better communication, education, and support would have made a difference to her and her peers when they were learning to navigate the pressures and challenges associated with substance use.