Raise Awareness and Keep Youth Safe During National Runaway Prevention Month
Each November, National Runaway Prevention Month raises awareness about runaway youth and shares ideas for keeping families together. This year's event, spearheaded by the National Runaway Safeline (formerly known as the National Runaway Switchboard) includes multiple ways to get involved--some of them new and some of them familiiar.
Here are a few ideas from the NRS 30-day activity calendar (PDF, 160.8KB) for the month of November.
- Vist the NRS website on Sundays to view tips for runaway prevention submitted by youth and parents. The published advice, reviewed by an expert panel of youth and advocates, will cover real-world issues like improving communication and managing conflicts at home.
- Join the November 4 Social Media Day of Action to raise awareness about runaway and homeless youth using Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media. You can also Tweet using a list of designated hashtags like #runawaycrisis and #reasonstoreachout.
- Send the teens in your life a positive text message on November 19 to remind them how much you care. Or, plan a local advocacy event to mirror events held by NRS and its partners each Tuesday, including a November 12 candlelight vigil.
Family and youth workers can also access NRS resources online, like the catalog of free educational materials and the Community Action Kit, which shares tips for involving the media. Programs looking to help youth find alternatives to leaving home can also learn about the Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum, an evidence-based training divided into 14 modules.
Visit the National Runaway Prevention Month website.