National Runaway Prevention Month Celebrates Ten Years of ‘Making the Connection’
For ten years, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, the National Runaway Safeline – a federally funded crisis hotline for at-risk youth and their families – and a range of national and local organizations have marked November as National Runaway Prevention Month. Each year, FYSB, NRS and their partners spend November raising awareness about the issues facing runaway youth and educating the public about solutions and the role they can play in preventing youth from running.
This tenth anniversary year, NRS has lots of activities planned – from a webcast highlighting a new research study, to the distribution of hundreds of green light bulbs in Chicago, to a day that harnesses the power of social media. Here are some dates to put on your calendar:
Runaway Youth Longitudinal Study Webcast
The Runaway Youth Longitudinal Study spans 15 years and examines the characteristics of youth who run away from home and the long term impact running away has on how young people will do as adults. This live webcast on the NRS site will explain the study and include an expert panel discussion. Viewers will be welcome to submit questions for answer by the panel.
National Runaway Prevention Month Social Media Day of Action
November 1 (and throughout the month)
Twitter, Facebook and other social media vehicles
NRS will host an online campaign using social media vehicles like Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness and get the public to talk about the runaway and homeless youth issues. To participate in the NRPM Social Media Day of Action, follow NRS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/1800RUNAWAY, like NRS’ Facebook Fan page at www.facebook.com/1800RUNAWAY, or visit this page on the NRS website.
Wrigley Field Green Light Project Event
Wrigley Field and Wrigleyville Neighborhood
Each year, people around the country put light their porches and doorways with green light bulbs as a way to raise awareness of the issues facing runaway youth. Along with the Chicago Cubs, NRS and the Chicago Cubs will unveil the marquee of Wrigley Field Stadium, and NRS Street Team members will distribute 800 green light bulbs and 1000 green socks in the Wrigleyville neighborhood and on the Green Line train in Chicago.
Spirit of Youth Benefit
The ninth annual Spirit of Youth benefit will honor music artist and civil rights activist Cyndi Lauper and the True Colors Fund for their advocacy and work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and homelessness.
Green Sock Day
Any day in November you choose
NRS encourages its supporters to get a group of staff at work or classmates at school to purchase green socks and designate a day in November as Green Sock Day. Participants can take a group photo and send it to NRS via email, Facebook tag or Tweet.
Visit www.1800runaway.org/national-runaway-prevention-month to find out more about National Runaway Prevention Month and how to get involved.