FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2014
Contact: Bevin Theodore
Director of PR & Communications
800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797
Congressman Michaud to visit KidsPeace, express support for military resources for teens, parents
ELLSWORTH – Congressman Mike Michaud will visit KidsPeace’s Graham Lake Campus Wednesday to offer his ongoing support for the organization’s programs and help unveil two free, online resources that could help military families across the state.
Michaud, who represents the 2nd District and is running for governor, will tour the campus from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and will be available for interviews as he shares his support for the new Growing Up Military sections of TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net. Michaud, who serves as the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, wants military families in Maine to realize how these sites can provide them with information and a support network, especially since they do not have the built-in community of military bases.
KidsPeace launched TeenCentral.Net in 1998 as a free, anonymous resource that provides answers to everyday challenges teenagers and pre-adolescents face. Users log onto the site anonymously, post questions and receive professional advice within 24 hours. The questions and the counselors’ replies are posted so that other visitors can also benefit from the answers. Other teens who are logged into the site can respond to stories as well, adding a peer mentoring element. All questions and responses are screened by TeenCentral.Net administrators prior to being posted to avoid many of the online dangers prevalent on social media and other Internet sites. ParentCentral.Net, a sister site to TeenCentral.Net, was launched in 2011 and offers similar content aimed at parents.
The military section is just one of the various special topic areas covered on TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net. Other topics include foster care, dating violence, bullying, alcohol awareness and weight issues.
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 at www.facebook.com/kidspeace.org or on Twitter @KidsPeace.