Piecing it All Together During National Runaway Prevention Month
Once again this November, the National Runaway Safeline is hosting National Runaway Prevention Month. This year, the month-long commemoration will highlight the connection between the many challenges faced by runaway and homeless youth, such as domestic abuse and neglect, discrimination and human trafficking. Efforts that target each of these issues can play an important role in keeping families together and ending youth homelessness.
Here are a few ideas from the NRS Community Planning Guide for “Piecing it All Together” in November:
- Develop a short presentation or “runaway display” that educates community members about the extent of the problem and how NRS can help.
- Join national efforts to raise awareness of runway and homeless youth, including a social media Thunderclap scheduled for Thanksgiving.
- Plan a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to a local family- and youth-serving organization.
- Host a book club or movie night that sheds light on the reasons young people leave home and the resources they need to find safety and stability. NRS put together this media list (PDF, 389KB) to help you choose.
- Share your efforts! Enter the NRPM Community Contest by sharing a photo of your community activities on social media using #NRPM2014.
NRS also offers free resources to agencies working with youth and families, including
- The 14-module “Let’s Talk Runaway Prevention Curriculum.”
- A brochure explaining their services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.
- An informational guide for parents and families whose children run away from home.
Visit the “Piecing it All Together" website.
Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of NCFY, FYSB or the Administration for Children & Families.