FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      

Jan. 20, 2014   

Contact: Bevin Theodore

Director of PR & Communications

800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797

bevin.theodore@kidspeace.org

Explore e-mentoring during National Mentoring Month 

January is dedicated to promoting the benefits of mentoring, which is available for free every day to adolescents who visit www.TeenCentral.Net

N. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. – January is National Mentoring Month, and TeenCentral.Net is one resource where teens can get free, confidential advice to help with a multitude of problems that arise in adolescence.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), which provided funding for the military portal on www.TeenCentral.Net supports mentoring because research shows it can improve “behavioral, social, emotional, and academic outcomes for at-risk youth.” The premise of mentoring is that competent adults form stable relationships with youth to help them cope with the many challenges of growing up and prevent them from embracing high-risk behaviors that could lead to social, emotional or academic troubles.

On TeenCentral.Net/military, teens who have a parent in the armed forces can log on with anonymous usernames, post about issues they are trying to work through and get professional advice within 24 hours from military experts. The teens’ stories and responses are then posted on the site so other visitors can offer peer support or benefit from the professional feedback. This interactive section of www.TeenCentral.Net also offers games and informative articles on a variety of topics including worries of teens who have a parent deployed, a first-person account of what life is like as a military brat and how to seamlessly welcome a parent back into the family unit after a deployment.

Log on today – or encourage a teen to check out the site. In addition to the e-mentoring, TeenCentral.Net offers information on subjects including alcohol use, weight issues, bullying, religion and special information for teens in foster care.

 

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