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Building Self-Esteem through Photography

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Photographer Alana Tamminga with the Decorah "Raw. Honest. Loved." group

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Rebecca Haars

Students at Decorah High School have lost friends in recent years, some to accidents, some to suicide. Senior Rebecca Haars saw that her fellow students were hurting and vulnerable, so she decided to do something to help. She brought the Raw. Honest. Loved. project to Decorah.

On this Talk of Iowa segment, host Charity Nebbe talks with Haars and Alana Tamminga, the woman behind this powerful project.

Tamminga says that the Decorah teen group taught her some things as well, and she hopes this session helped them work through their insecurities.

"They have so much to offer," Tamminga says. "We could see ourselves in them. We lived it, we were feeling that way in high school too; we’ve felt it since then."

"So I’m just hoping for them, that they don’t [carry their insecurity] as much as we did. This is something that maybe they can quash now and know that they are absolutely good enough, to hold their heads high."

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa