“They really really want to fit in. I think this opportunity allows students to be a catalyst to use their voices to create more kind and inclusive schools,” said I’m Just Me Movement founder Tina Stevens-Culbreath.
The purpose of Project Positive is to spread messages of encouragement that empower young students and keep them from falling victim to bullies.
“Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people and I just feel like people, that are young, have lost hope and maybe don’t have the support that they need,” said I’m Just Me Movement intern Ta’Mia Carrier.
Some students in the program have faced their own struggles with bullying.
“Some kids bully other kids and we don’t like bullying. We don’t like bullying at all and that’s how some kids die,” said Skyline Middle School student Isaiah Jackson.
Project Positive is led by students, who create positive message cards to pass around their school.
“We were going to start putting them in lockers but they ended up passing them out at lunch because we wanted to make people feel good about themselves,” said Warren County Middle School student Morgan Sajeski.
Students in the MORE program also share their message with people that are homeless.
“Students packed food bags with these positive messages and also made dinner that we took over to the shelter,” said MORE program site coordinator Zach Logan.
Their goal is to tag other schools and encourage them to participate in Project Positive.
“There are people who are thinking of doing things that they really should not be thinking about. We’re hoping that this one project can help change all that,” said Warren County Middle School student Landon Deese.
The I’m Just Me Movement says they are grateful to have the opportunity to work with students in Warren County, the Warren County school district and the MORE Program.