Local teens make a big difference...with sticky notes

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A group of middle school girls saw a problem in their school. So they decided to do something about it.

"I know a lot of people who are insecure about just, like, the weirdest things or the smallest details about them," said Natasha Minskoff, who had the idea to make a video about insecurities among teens, "So I thought it would be nice to point out that other people are insecure too...they're not alone."

So when Minskoff and her friends got the chance to choose a topic for their broadcasting project, they decided to focus on self-doubt in their school.

The four girls got North Junior High teachers to hand out sticky notes to their classes. Then everyone had to write down an anonymous insecurity. They took up about 300 notes with concerns such as weight, looks and grades.

The group also had everyone write down something positive on a different note. Then they spent several days after school collecting video and editing their sticky note project.

The results were phenomenal. After one day of the video being posted to YouTube, it already had over 300 views.

Group member Kaelie Kuehl says getting everything down on paper helped students see they're not alone, and it's okay to be different.

"It tells them that there are other people out there like them with the same insecurities, and they don't have to be afraid anymore," she said, "And also writing something good about yourself reinforces the idea that we were trying to convey."