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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 3:21 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 3:22 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Community Partners Against Substance Abuse, CPASA, will sponsor Mike Donahue, Omaha-based author and R5 Productions, who will present an informative and interactive seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Princeton High School auditorium.

The presentation is aimed at reaching all Illinois Valley parents, grandparents and community members, and topics covered will include cyber-bullying, bullying and the social pressures teenagers face today. The free presentation is open to the public, and there will be a drawing for door prizes including an iPad and DeWalt Hammer Drill.

Donahue is also scheduled to speak to all eighth-graders and high school students in Bureau and Putnam counties during his local stay. At 9 a.m. Sept. 9, Donahue will speak at Bureau Valley High School in Manlius to students from Bureau Valley High School, Ohio, LaMoille, Malden, Bureau Valley South, Bureau Valley North and BEST, and in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m. he will speak at Princeton High School in Princeton to students from Princeton High School, Logan Junior High, St. Louis School and Princeton Christian Academy. At 9 a.m. Sept. 10, Donahue will speak at Putnam County High School in Granville to students from Putnam County High School and Putnam County Junior High School. In the afternoon, he will speak at Hall High School in Spring Valley to students from Hall High School, John F. Kennedy School, Dalzell, Cherry, Ladd and DePue.

Donahue has spoken to more than one million students over the last decade about bullying, respect and destructive decisions. He is the owner of R5 Productions and the author of three books: "Reinventing My Normal," "Hidden Scars" and "Talking to Brick Walls." His fourth book, a guide to tackling bullying, written through his own story, is scheduled for release next year. His goal is to empower young people to be the change they want to see in the world. He attempts to help students gain respect for one another and to go beyond stereotypes and labels.

“I was on both sides of that coin growing up. I was the victim of bullying and also the bully. And that's why I launched R5," Donahue said. “I know how these kids are feeling — I've walked in their shoes and felt their anxiety and pain first hand today. That's why, today, I am dedicated to help young people feel powerful by making right choices in their lives.”

R5 Productions travels to more than 200 schools every year reaching more than 200,000 students in 29 states. Founder Mike Donahue says he has dedicated a part of his life to help young people feel powerful without putting others down. Donahue says his life mission is to help young people find the answer that is already inside of them and to help them find the courage to face whatever it is that is holding them back from experiencing greatness.

For more information, contact CPASA Director Dawn Conerton at 815-872-5091, ext. 224, or dconerton@bchealthdepartment.org.

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