Teen help program does local girl good
PEORIA, Ill -- The Center for Prevention and Abuse helps thousands of people in Peoria each year.
One group the center focuses on is teens.
Helping All Relationships To be Safe, or HARTS, for short, is the group. It's used to help teens who are struggling with a range of issues.
East Peoria High Freshman (Parkview Graduate) Shelby Brown knows the program well. She's been a part of it for 3 years.
In the 5th grade, she was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, but since then, she's seen self improvement.
"It's helped me grow so much as a person," said Shelby. "It's helped me get over my past struggles. It's really changed my life."
Shelby participates in community events for HARTS. This past Christmas, she donated half her gifts to others in need. And when she's not giving gifts, she's giving advice.
"I like to think of myself as a mentor for young kids," said Shelby. "I like being the person they can come to and say 'Hey, I'm having this struggle, I know you've had it, can you help me out?'"
And peers helping peers is something the center's administrators like to see. Director of Prevention Services Marcia Bolden says the connection between peers is important.
"Not only is that a positive thing for their peer group," said Bolden, "but also it carries out in their classrooms and their families."
Anyone, teens or adults, being abused or who have concerns of abuse are encouraged to stop by the center.
It's located at 720 W Joan Court off Sheridan Road.
They can be contacted by calling 1-800-559-7233.
Comcast is offering free Internet to eligible families
Families eligible for reduced-price Internet service from Comcast’s Internet Essentials program will be able to get up to six months free if they sign up by Sept. 20.
The program normally charges $9.95 a month to families of students who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.
The cable company will also give amnesty to eligible families whose outstanding bills are more than a year old. The guideline change is intended to make more people eligible for the program.
Internet Essentials provides low-cost broadband service and gives families the option to buy an Internet-ready computer for less than $150. The program is open to public, parochial, private and home-schooled children.
For more information or to apply, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call (855) 846-8376. For Spanish, visit www.InternetBasico.com or call (855) 765-6995.
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