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Children with low self-esteem can have a difficult time getting along with other children. In this edition of Child Wellness Wednesday, YNN's Marcie Fraser tells us about one program to help change that.

Like many kids, fifth grader Caitlyn Melissa Rosen used to be shy, and wasn't close with many other children.

She said, "I used to boss other people who didn't like me, so I used to be mean to them and take my anger out on them."

However, the school program called Project Life helped her gain so much self-esteem.

"I've learned how to be a friend and how to get a friend and what it's like to have friends," said Rosen.

The free program is aimed at kids who are at risk and may need a little support.

"This day and age at risk kids are pretty much all kids with al the media and them surrounding," said Jaime Williams, Franklin Community Center Associate Director.

The kids in the program are generally referred to by school personnel.

Williams said, "For a variety of reasons whether they could use some work with their social skills or self esteem or may have no one at home when they go home and need a positive role model to spend the afternoon with."

They perform team activities to help with social skills and esteem. All four of Stephanie Wilson's children have participated in Project Lift, and she said each of them have benefited from it.

"How to get along with other children, respect and everything from fire safety to oral hygiene," explained Wilson.

In addition to the program, they use a curriculum including drug, alcohol and violence awareness and prevention. The curriculum is called Too Good for Drugs, Too Good for Violence.

Rosen is learning how to say no to drugs and alcohol, while learning to say yes to her future.

"It's helped me learn about things that interfere with my future and help me learn about how my future is going to go," explained Rosen.

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