You could see the lack of light in their eyes, and we wanted to offer them hope.
RUSSELL PROCTOR: Day 1 I talk about healthy self-image.
Ninety-five percent said it changed the way they look at relationships and sex.
Seventy-seven percent said it improved their self-esteem, and 64 percent said it made them more aware of the dangers of alcohol and drugs.
JUDY VALENTE, correspondent: Meet Russell Proctor, better-known as R. Although Healthy Visions reflects the Christian values of its founder and staff, it has been welcomed into 26 schools in Ohio and northern Kentucky, most of them public.
He has taught me to understand that I am beautiful just the way I am, no matter what I look like.
PROCTOR: I got made fun of a lot, very depressed, suicidal thoughts a lot.
I can feel that tense high school feeling all over again, and I can just relate to these kids on that level because I’ve lived through it and have never forgotten that. Oh, okay, and when kids see you buying into it, they buy into it too.
Like I feel that I’m beautiful in my own way and I let it really, like, it opened a new door for me and I feel different about myself.
KAREEM AL-SHAKIR (Student): Seeing Healthy Visions, it changed how you should act in relationships and how you shouldn’t act and what’s healthy and what’s not healthy.