This week, “Making the Invisible Visible”: National Runaway Safeline’s Youth Activist League pledges support for healthy relationships. Can we…

This week, “Making the Invisible Visible”: National Runaway Safeline’s Youth Activist League pledges support for healthy relationships. Can we end domestic violence? Envisioning a future without it. Two documentaries that aim to shed light on the invisible epidemic of youth homelessness. 

Youth Activist League Gets the Word Out:
This week’s round-up is dedicated to the National Runaway Safeline’s Youth Activist League, a dynamic group of empowered young people helping to keep America’s youth stay safe and off-the-streets.  Throughout 2014, NRS is providing a forum for youth to get engaged, active, involved and make their voices heard on issues teens face everyday. On Weds, February 26th, in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we invited youth to pledge their support for healthy relationships, connect with Love is, and learn more about what they can do to prevent teen dating violence.

Can we end domestic violence?

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the original Violence Against Women Act.

Esta Soler, Founder and Executive Director of Futures Without Violence, shares the tactics and technologies that helped fuel a social movement for the passage of the Violence Against Women Act twenty years ago and what it means for us today!

Youth Homelessness Hits the Big Screen

Two new documentaries on youth homelessness aim to “put the crisis of youth homelessness on the national radar.”

The Homestretch,” follows three homeless teenagers, who brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. As the filmmakers explain, “When most people think about homeless youth, they think about the ones they see – kids sleeping under the bridge or asking for help on the streets – but most homeless youth are hidden in plain sight.”

American Street Kid” intends to shine a light on the epidemic of homeless youth in America and provide a voice for this often unheard, often invisible population. Filmmaker Michael Leoni interviewed more than 300 runaway youth to collect their stories. Leoni spent countless days and nights on the streets of Los Angeles, provided a rare glimpse into the lives of the kids he encounters.  Once inside their world he realizes he can no longer be an observer; every day is a matter of life or death and he’ll do anything to get them off the streets. (Check back on this blog March 12th to read an interview with “American Street Kid” filmmakers Michael Leoni and Michelle Kaufer!)

As the National Alliance to End Homelessness recently determined at their 2014 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness: “It’s time to ramp up our work on homelessness among youth. Interest and commitment are high, and it’s time to move from theorizing about frameworks, to articulating and implementing concrete policy and practice changes that are going to impact the lives of young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.” We are hopeful these films will act as tools for social change!