NCFY Reports

Before Youth Walk Out the Door

Meet with staff poster in Spanish.

  • Tell youth that they are always welcome to come back in and talk—even if they have broken the rules.

  • Upon intake, collect contact information for people other than relatives from youth—close friends, significant others, teachers, mentors.

  • Give youth mementos (e.g., toothbrushes, pencils, wallets) inscribed with the program's phone number or a runaway hotline number.

  • Make sure youth know how to use and find post offices, libraries, employment and education services, laundromats, public transportation, supermarkets, pharmacies and recreation centers.

  • Connect youth with mentors.

  • Remind youth of traditional activities that may bring them back, such as holiday events or dinners.
9-5 pm Eastern