Soundcheck was inspired by students of all ages and experiences who expressed a genuine desire to be healthy, support their peers, learn unbiased facts about alcohol and other drugs, and play more of an active role in their school’s health and prevention initiatives. We are grateful to the many school leaders, students, parents, teachers, and public health professionals whose valuable experiences and insights continue to help shape steer our work.
The name was suggested by a young graduate student who struggled with addiction in high school. Knowing SPN founder Will Straughan's background 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. The graduate student felt that better communication and education could have encouraged her to ask for help when she was struggling.