National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Celebrate the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act 45th Anniversary During #NRPM2019

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Each year, November commemorates National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM), a national campaign that encourages communities, youth-serving organizations, individuals, and other key stakeholders to Shine a Light on runaway and homeless youth issues and raise awareness about the programs and resources available to support these young people. This year, NRPM aligns with the 45th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, which established the federal RHY grantee program.

Why support NRPM? In 2017, the groundbreaking Voices of Youth Count study estimated a minimum of 700,000 adolescent minors, or 1 in 30 of all 13- to 17-year-olds, experience some form of youth homelessness each year. Many of these young people will end up on the streets, facing many challenges that can have long-lasting negative consequences during a critical developmental period in their lives. By supporting NRPM, you are showing runaway and homeless youth that they are not invisible, they are not alone, and there are dedicated professionals and resources to help them ensure their safety, well-being, and health.

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the federally funded communication system for RHY, in collaboration with the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), has spearheaded the NRPM campaign each year since its inception in 2002. NRS is committed to ensuring that runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth are safe and off the streets. Every year, the NRS makes 100,000 connections with youth and families and offers extensive online and offline resources.

NRS is available 24/7/365 to support youth in crisis. Trained staff and volunteers are available to offer guidance and listen to their stories without judgment. Youth, parents, guardians, and youth-service providers can reach NRS via phone, text, chat, or email.

For ideas on how your organization or community can participate in National Runaway Prevention Month, visit the NRS’ special section on NRPM. From there, you can find information on NRPM events, and download a #NRPM2019 toolkit and messaging guide, a sample press release and pitch tips, a proclamation request for local officials, and ideas for social media posts, social media graphics, and the NRPM logo.