What is NRPM?

NRPM is spearheaded each year by the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) and National Runaway Safeline (NRS). The goals of NRPM are:

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

Why Support NRPM?

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.

NRPM 2018: Shine A Light

The theme of NRPM 2018 is Shine A Light. NRPM is not only shining a light on the issues runaway and homeless youth (RHY) face every day, but also shines a light on the resources available to youth in crisis and those experiencing homelessness.

⇒ Download the NRPM 2018 ToolKit and Messaging Guide which includes information on easy ways to get involved, event planning, fundraising, and getting the word out.

⇒ Spread the word about NRPM through a media press release with our Sample Press Release

⇒ Make a request to your local elected official to sign a proclamation for NRPM. Sample Proclamation Request

⇒ Click here for the link to our first national event, Facebook Profile Picture Day.  


The theme of NRPM 2018 is “Shine A Light.” NRPM is not only shining a light on the issues runaway and homeless youth (RHY) face every day, but also shines a light on the resources available to youth in crisis and those experiencing homelessness.

National Events

Facebook Profile Picture – November 1 – 30, 2018
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.

Wear Green Day – November 6, 2018
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 #NRPM2018.

Light the Night – November 13, 2018
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.

Teachable Tuesday – November 20, 2018
NRS will have current runaway and homeless youth statistics available for individuals and organizations to share on social media to raise awareness about RHY issues. Share with your networks using the hashtag #NRPM2018.

NRPM Twitter Chat – November  29, 2018 at 3:00 PM EDT
Join for a live Twitter Chat to discuss runaway and homeless youth issues and how everyone can play a role in ending youth homelessness. Follow the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #NRPMChat.

The History of NRPM

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.

For more information email member@nn4youth.org.