Carrying the Messages of Runaway Prevention Month Forward Beyond November
If your organization used the 2016 toolkit and messaging guide, you may have already participated in National Runaway Prevention Month campaign activities, such as Green Light events, Wear Green Day, and the National Candlelight Vigil. As the annual campaign comes to a close, The National Runaway Safeline encourages agencies to use this series of free resources to connect to homeless youth in need year-round.
- Posters. Featuring a young woman about to make an important call for help, the National Runaway Safeline poster (PDF, 446 KB) has 13 tear-off tabs, each with the Safeline’s number, web address, and mobile messaging number. The Home Free poster (PDF, 9.1 MB) is primarily posted in Greyhound bus stations, but it’s appropriate to display anywhere so young people know there’s a free bus ticket available if they want to go home. There’s also an LGBTQ poster (PDF, 5.0 MB) with the slogan, “Being Out, Being Safe,” because young people who identify as a sexual or gender minority are more at risk of becoming homeless than their non-LGBTQ peers.
- Curriculum. Runaway episodes can be prevented when youth have the proper education and support, which is why the National Runaway Safeline created the “Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum.” Designed for use in a wide variety of settings, the free 14-module course helps young people learn about alternatives to running away and supports them in developing problem-solving skills that can boost their resilience when conflicts arise. Even though the curriculum was designed for young people ages 12 to 20, the modules can be modified for other age groups. The user-friendly lesson plans include worksheets and quizzes, and the entire curriculum is also available in Spanish.
- Brochures. The National Runaway Safeline’s LGBTQ and General Brochure conveys all the information youth need to seek help and stay safe. In addition to listing the contact information available on the posters, the General Brochure details the National Runaway Safeline’s programs, services, and resources, including those available to community organizations. There are also helpful statistics, such as the fact that youth ages of 12 to 17 are more at risk for becoming homeless than adults. The brochures contain similar information, however the LGBTQ brochure includes the same slogan as the LGBTQ poster, and statistics that focus on LGBTQ runaway and homeless youth. Both brochures are available in English and Spanish.
- Bookmark. Every young person can benefit from this youth-friendly reminder of “10 Ways to Deal with Stress” (PDF, 447 KB). By following the listed suggestions, such as: get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and take time to relax, youth will be more prepared to handle whatever challenges they encounter.
All materials are available to download and print for free on The National Runaway Safeline website. Organizations can also receive pre-printed posters, brochures, bookmarks, and the curriculum for free, after submitting a National Runaway Safeline materials order form.
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