Program Aims To Improve Teens Self Esteem

By Heather Haley | 

A new anti-drug program in Eastern Kentucky aims at boosting the self esteem of teens. The group hopes to teach kids to not judge what they see in the mirror.

Mirror Mirror is a program designed to keep teens away from drugs and alcohol by helping them realize their full potential.

"It's all about playing to our strengths and it's not about what you don't have, it's about what you do with what you've got," said Mirror Mirror Creator Jason Creech.

Creech is a youth pastor in Middlesboro and the creator of the new anti-drug program.

"It's not boring like other ones just telling you not to do drugs and drink," said 7th grader Taylor Moyers.

Creech says he visited 20 schools so far teaching teens not to judge each other nor themselves.

"They just talk to each other mean sometimes, just talk about how they look, at this level it seems to be a lot worse than others," said Middlesboro Middle School Principal Steve Spangler.

Spangler says he believes most kids have insecurities and some are very good at hiding it.

"I would love for them to walk away knowing that they were born to succeed there's no failures, there's no losers," Creech said.

Creech hopes students will walk away with a new found respect for people.

"Don't worry about what people think about your looks, worry about what they think about your attitude," said 8th grader Amanda Burns.

Creech says it's important for parents and teachers to help boost the self esteems of kids as early in life as possible.

For more information on the Mirror Mirror program, call 1-888-704-7214.