What motivates youth to leave home and head toward the streets where they face so many dangers? What do these young people need in order to feel safe again?
A series of public service announcements (PSAs) from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) seeks to answer some of those questions and tell youth in crisis that help is available by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, or going online to the National Runaway Safeline.
On air and on display in transit systems across the country, the PSAs serve to educate communities about the challenges facing runaway and homeless youth and how to find help. They feature stories from formerly homeless youth from FYSB-funded transitional living programs. Privacy considerations can prevent you from sharing the stories of youth in your program, but consider using these young people’s stories to help tell your organization’s story and inform stakeholders about the need for youth shelters and other services.
Here are five ideas for using the PSAs to start a conversation about the causes of youth homelessness, finding ways to intervene before youth run away from home, and helping youth in crisis feel safe again.
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