National Runaway Prevention Month

Safeline and PIT Webinar Offers Runaway Prevention Resources

Each year in the United States, between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth runaway. Many of these young people experience homelessness and all are at risk of homelessness. November is National Runaway Prevention Month.

For youth and teens, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) listens to you whether you are thinking of running away or already have. Our services are confidential and nonjudgmental. NRS is also a resource for parents and guardians worried about their children.

Runaway Prevention Month is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and National Network for Youth (NN4Y).

The goals of NRPM are two-fold:

  • To raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face and
  • To educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in ending youth homelessness.

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. If all of these young people lived in one city, it would be the fifth largest city in the United States. These numbers are unacceptable, particularly when you consider the fact that many of these young people will end up on the streets. These are not bad kids; they are good kids in bad situations.

The theme of NRPM 2016 is Friends Helping Friends. This theme was designed to communicate how youth, parents, family members and educators are hearing about NRS. A youth will typically trust a friend enough to talk about their problems. A friend is there to support, listen and care.

In October 2002, President Bush hosted the landmark White House Conference on Exploited and Runaway Children, where leaders from across the country convened to discuss issues and challenges related to the runaway and homeless youth crisis. What once was known as National Runaway Prevention Week was expanded into a month-long prevention and awareness campaign.

Over the years, members of Congress have taken steps to commemorate National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM); supporting and recognizing its goals and ideals by introducing both House and Senate Resolutions.

One way homeless services organizations can combat youth homelessness is to conduct a thorough and accurate Point-in-Time (PIT) count this coming January. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that 2017 will be the baseline year for using PIT data in tracking progress towards ending youth homelessness.

On November 3, 2016, the National Alliance to End Homelessness held a webinar, “Counting Youth in the 2017.”

In this webinar, speakers from Applied Survey Research (ASR) and Chapin Hall Voices of Youth Count shared planning and implementation strategies for counting unsheltered youth in the 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. Both organizations have extensive experience helping communities plan and implement effective youth counts.

National Runaway Prevention Month

NAEH Webinar on 2017 PIT Count

National Runaway Safeline

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