Formerly homeless youth share a message that “help is available” in a powerful new set of television public service announcements (PSAs) from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and National Runaway Safeline (NRS).
The videos, available in 30-second and 60-second versions, feature four young people served by grantees of FYSB's Runaway and Homeless Youth Program:
- Soy is a 15-year-old whose mother drank and was physically abusive, causing Soy to leave home because she didn't feel safe.
- Leo, a teenage boy, was kicked out of his parents’ house in Mexico when he came out to them at age 13.
- Nelly, a teen living with her grandmother, craved a sense of belonging. She joined her friends who lived on the streets in an effort to find herself and a place to belong.
- Valerie, a transgender college student, couldn’t be her true self at home. She began living secretly in an academic building on campus, while her grades fell and her depression grew. She finally dropped out of school and moved to California with nowhere to stay and only $5 in her pocket.
Each of the young people eventually found help through FYSB-funded shelters in California, such as Larkin Street, DreamCatcher, and Huckleberry House. The PSAs provides information for other youth in similar situations to contact 1-800-RUNAWAY, the number for the 24/7 hotline run by NRS. NRS serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth. With the support of more than 120 volunteers, NRS makes more than 250,000 connections a year through their hotline, online, texting, and offline resources.
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