East Wenatchee students bare deepest fears on their skin

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Updated Friday, May 4 at 5:43 AM

EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - High school can be one of life's most intimidating experiences. The cliques, pressures to fit in and insecurities students have can be difficult to deal with.

But three high students are challenging their classmates to break down the barriers that separate students by doing something most high school kids would never think of - baring one's deepest fears for all to see.

It's called the 'Self-Worth Project.' Created by Eastmont High School students Natalie, Keisha and Aubryann, the project aims at building acceptance rather than scorn, by having their schoolmates display their worries and deepest secrets on their sleeve, in an attempt to show students that they are not alone in the struggles of high school.

Photos and videos of the students are posted on the Internet, forcing them, in a supportive way, to confront their scariest secrets.

"We all have the fears and insecurities," said Keisha Engley, one of the program creators. "Usually they tear us apart and we alienate ourselves. But we want them to bring us together and we want to support each other, unite the school and bring back that sense of love."

By wearing their feelings on the outside, the students are inviting the judgment of their peers. But instead of embarrassment and ridicule, they're finding acceptance and understanding.

Although no two high school students ever go through the same experiences, the Self-Worth Project has helped form a trust and promise between the students that none of them ever has to go through anything alone.

The success at Eastmont High has inspired other schools to consider having their own Self-Worth Projects.

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