4 Ways to Promote National Runaway Prevention Month on Social Media

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Earlier this month, we shared the mission behind National Runaway Prevention Month spearheaded by the National Runaway Safeline. This week, we’re sharing four ways to get involved using social media, courtesy of the Safeline’s online toolkit.   

1. Wear Green. Take a photo of you and your colleagues wearing green November 12 and share it on social media, along with the hashtag #NRPM2015. You can also tag the Safeline’s Facebook or Twitter account to ensure they see your post.

2. Light a Candle. On November 19, the Safeline will host a candlelight vigil to show solidarity with runaway and homeless youth. Reach out to your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and other networks to host your own event. Then post a picture on social media using #NRPM2015.

3. Give Thanks via Thunderclap. This Thanksgiving, raise awareness of the young people in need of a safe, stable home. Sign up now for a late-November Thunderclap, which will send a unified message of support from participants’ Facebook and Twitter pages at a set date and time.

4. Collect Donations. Challenge your online networks to raise money or collect needed items for a local runaway and homeless youth program. Raise the stakes by offering to post your most embarrassing childhood photos if donors meet a set goal.

You can also visit the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s End Youth Homelessness website to find sample social media posts that raise awareness and show support for youth-serving organizations.

Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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