Local Students Urged to Raise Their Voices and Ask for Help



    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - The third annual Kids Help Phone School Tour, in
association with Raise Your Voice(TM), Motorola's commitment to supporting
youth, visited Leaside High School in Toronto yesterday, where members of Kids
Help Phone's counselling team reminded students there is always someone they
can talk to, no matter what the challenge.
    With the growing number of issues that youth in Canada face today - from
parental divorce, abuse and gang violence to the everyday challenges of being
a teenager - it is becoming increasingly vital that teens know there is a
place they can turn to for help with any question or problem.
    "We're excited to have the opportunity to get into the schools and talk
to teens face-to-face about what Kids Help Phone does and how we can help,"
said Janice Currie, Vice President of Counselling Services for Kids Help
Phone. "It's so important for them to know that Kids Help Phone is here to
listen no matter what the problem."
    Leaside High School is one of many Canadian high schools Kids Help Phone
will be visiting from November 2008 through February 2009 as part of the
third-annual Kids Help Phone School Tour. The Tour was developed in
conjunction with Motorola's Raise Your Voice(TM) program to encourage kids to
speak out on issues that affect them. Motorola's Raise Your Voice(TM) program
encourages young people to speak up and ask for help when facing challenges
encourages and empowers teens to affect positive changes in their communities.
    "Kids Help Phone is a very important resource for youth in Canada, and we
are proud to support the service through Motorola Raise Your Voice program,"
said Mike Hortie, President, Motorola Canada. "The Kids Help Phone School Tour
ensures that teens know they do have a voice and that someone is there to
listen when they speak up and ask for help."

    Kids Help Phone

    Kids Help Phone is Canada's only free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous
phone and online counselling, referral and information service for children
and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide immediate, confidential
and caring support to young people living in urban, rural and remote locations
right across the country. Children and youth contact Kids Help Phone about
every issue imaginable - from school, dating and family problems, to
bullying/cyber-bullying, addiction and abuse. In 2008, Kids Help Phone touched
the lives of children and youth in need from almost 3,000 Canadian communities
more than 2.2 million times through its phone and online services.
    Established in 1989, Kids Help Phone is recognized internationally as a
leader in the delivery of phone and online counselling to kids. A charitable
organization, Kids Help Phone employs more than 100 highly skilled counsellors
and benefits from the support of more than 10,000 fundraising volunteers in
communities from coast to coast, and the commitment of a growing number of
leading Canadian companies and their employees.

    About Raise Your Voice

    Raise Your Voice(TM) is Motorola's commitment to helping Canadian youth
be heard. Raise Your Voice(TM) encourages Canadian teens to speak up and speak
out, to learn how to find their voices and talk about the issues that matter
most to them. To help young people do this, Raise Your Voice(TM) partners with
organizations throughout Canada that provide the resources and support to
ensure that when young people speak up, someone is there to listen. Visit
www.raiseyourvoice.ca for more information.





For further information:

For further information: or to receive a photo from the presentation
please contact: Virginia Middleton, Coordinator, Public Relations, Kids Help
Phone, Phone: (416) 586-5437 ex 8345, virginia.middleton@kidshelpphone.ca;
Amanda Shuchat, Hill & Knowlton for Motorola Canada's Raise Your Voice
initiative, (416) 413-4629, amanda.shuchat@hillandknowlton.ca


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