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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           

Dec. 6, 2013

Contact: Bevin Theodore

Director of PR & Communications

800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797

bevin.theodore@kidspeace.org

TeenCentral.Net wins Web Health Award for interfaith section  

SCHNECKSVILLE, PA. – A free, anonymous counseling website supported by KidsPeace has been selected as a winner in the 15th annual Web Health Awards. This competition, held twice each year, recognizes the nation’s best digital health resources.

TeenCentral.Net received a silver award in the latest round of Web Health Awards announced Thursday. The award recognizes the content of the interfaith section that was unveiled in August. The portal includes an overview of the most common world religions, but the Muslim portion is the most robust and interactive, thanks to a grant from the United Muslim Foundation. The idea behind the interfaith section was to provide a place for teens to explore religion and faith and ask questions they might not feel comfortable posing to people in their lives. This section of the website will expand as additional funding becomes available to bolster the information on the other featured religions.

"The interfaith section provides teens a special opportunity to understand the beauty of each faith,” says Julius Licata, Director of TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net. “It helps teens learn more about their own religion, while also teaching them the fundamentals of what people of other faiths believe.”

The portal is designed to look like a bustling intersection, positioned at the corner of Faith and Belief streets. It depicts families and children playing in the foreground and cars driving down a street lined with religious buildings. Visitors click on each of the religious structures to learn more about that particular religion through articles, photographs and games. Like all sections on TeenCentral.Net, visitors log on with fictitious user names, post questions or concerns and receive answers from master’s or doctorate-level counselors within 24 hours.

TeenCentral.Net celebrated its 15th anniversary of helping teenagers this year. Its sister site, ParentCentral.Net, created in 2011, provides a similar anonymous forum for parents looking for answers to tough questions.

About KidsPeace

For 130 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit www.kidspeace.org. Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @KidsPeace.

About The Web Health Awards

The Web Health Awards(SM) program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center(SM) (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields. Other well-known HIRC programs included the 20th annual National Health Information Awards(SM), which annually recognizes the nation’s best consumer health programs and materials (for non-digital resources), and two national “Fitness Day” events: The 11th annual National Women’s Health & Fitness Day® and the 16th annual Family Health & Fitness Day USA®.

 

 
   
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