According to an analysis of our Home Free data, youth who have run away are more likely to return home using our Home Free program during the summer…

According to an analysis of our Home Free data, youth who have run away are more likely to return home using our Home Free program during the summer months. Many may wonder why that is the case. This trend can be attributed to a variety of factors. here are my theories, in the voice of a teen who might want to go home:


1) I am done with school and I need a break from the family. I can travel with friends, take as many road trips as I can, hitch rides, and be adventurous while school is out. (But at the end of the summer….) Uh-oh, summer is coming to an end and the school year is starting back up. I only have one more year left of school. No need to screw it up now. I’ll return home and prepare for school.


2) The summer time is the perfect time to test the waters and try to survive on my own. I have considered running throughout the year but waiting until summer for warmer weather may be more logical. I feel that I will have less worries and it’ll be more exciting because people are out in the summer during all times of the day. There is no real concern about shelter because the idea of taking refuge on the beach sounds more appealing than ever. (But after a few months….) Life on the streets is losing its appeal. The outdoor party that felt like it would never end actually does end. The summer heat is unbearable and life on the street is a lot more difficult than I imagined. Sure, I don’t have the concerns of remaining warm, but I do need to stay hydrated and cool. Frequent showers and change of clothes is what I was used to but they become difficult to come by. The notion of living at home doesn’t sound so bad after all.


– Dyanne

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