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Published March 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

More images from "Faces of Strength"


Artist Jessica Wachter gives some guidance on how to blend colors on their self portraits to Hajuar Hassan, seated, and Asha Mohamed during the Faces Project at Discovery Middle School in Fargo. (Dave Wallis / The Forum)

  • Artist Jessica Wachter gives some guidance on how to blend colors on their self portraits to Hajuar Hassan, seated, and Asha Mohamed during the Faces Project at Discovery Middle School in Fargo. (Dave Wallis / The Forum)
  • As part of CHARISM’s Faces Project, these middle school girls created self-portraits with the help of artist Jessica Wachter after classes at Discovery Middle School in Fargo. They are, from left, Poonam Rai, Irada Abdulahi, Rose Gaye, Roseline Gaye, Hajuar Hassan, Asha Mohamed, Rita Nimpaye and Arima Emmanuel. (Dave Wallis / The Forum)
  • “That is truly me, that is who I am,” says Irada Abdulahi, about the self-portrait she created as part of CHARISM’s Faces Project. The female-only program aims to help at-risk young women focus on their talents and build self-worth.
  • Roseline Gaye works on the background of her self portrait. (Dave Wallis / The Forum)
  • Hajuar Hassan is seen in a mirror smiling as she works on her self portrait during the Faces Project Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Discovery Middle School in Fargo. The students use mirrors to study their faces while creating the portrait. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Roseline Gaye leans back in her chair after finishing her self portrait and covers her face with it as other students work to finish their own portraits during the Faces Project Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Discovery Middle School in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum