November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM), a public awareness campaign designed to “Shine a Light” on the experiences of runaway and homeless youth that too often remain invisible. It is also an opportunity to spotlight the resources available to support youth in crisis throughout the nation. As part of the campaign, individuals, organizations and communities across the nation are encouraged to work together to prevent youth homelessness.
NRPM is spearheaded each year by the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) and National Runaway Safeline (NRS).
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. By supporting NRPM, you are showing America’s runaway and homeless youth that they are not invisible and they are not alone.
Facebook Profile Picture – November 1 – 30, 2019
The kickoff for NRPM will allow you to add a “Shine A Light” filter to your Facebook profile picture so you can show your support of runaway and homeless youth for the entire month of November. We will make the link available for this closer to the date.
To add the frame to your profile picture:
1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes
2. Type “National Runaway Prevention Month” into the search bar and choose the Shine a Light frame
3. Select the end of November after ” Switch back to previous profile picture” option
4. Click “Use as Profile Picture”
Education Week – November 4 – 8, 2019
During this week, the National Runaway Safeline will lead an online educational series to inform the public about runaway and homeless youth (RHY) issues. This will include providing current statistics, exploring what RHY means and what it can look like for individuals, and discussing the challenges of navigating different systems. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram ahead of time to join the conversation.
#NRPM19 Kick-Off Celebrating 45 Years of RHYA – November 6, 2019
National and local leaders will come together to kick off National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) and celebrate 45 years of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA). Guests will hear from a youth panel as they share their experiences on accessing services and how organizations, policies and individuals can best support youth in crisis.
Wear Green Day – November 12, 2019
This is a fun and easy way for you to get involved and raise awareness for NRPM. Wear green and post your pictures on social media using the hashtag #NRPM2019.
A Night to End Youth Homelessness
November 16, 2019:
Organizations across the nation are hosting events to raise awareness about youth homelessness. People are invited to host their own screenings of the Lost in America documentary and participate in the live event.
Sign up here to host an event in your community.
Light the Night – November 19, 2019
Youth service agencies, community groups, and individuals across the country host candlelight vigils to “shine a light” on the issues and show solidarity with youth in crisis.
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 challenges related to runaway youth that our nation must face today. What once was known as National Runaway Prevention Month 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. Proud sponsors of NRPM resolutions have included Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Susan Collins (R- ME), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R- UT), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AK).
Also, in October 2005, England’s Children’s Society invited NRS to speak with members of the British Parliament. Spurred by the priority the United States has placed on the needs of runaway and homeless youth, the Children’s Society called on the British Government to set up a national network of shelters for runaway children—similar to the system of care including NRS’ hotline and referral model used by NRS in the US.
When a youth runs away, the impact is felt throughout the entire community. All of us—individuals, businesses, community groups, teachers, elected officials, and human service agencies—are encouraged to participate in National Runaway Prevention Month. Working together to identify resources and to help youth develop life skills can make the difference between a youth running away and/or finding needed resources.
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