Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. These numbers are unacceptable. You have the power to make a difference. Learn how today.
The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and National Network for Youth (NN4Y) announce that November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). The goals are twofold: 1) to raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth 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.
Research indicates between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. These numbers are unacceptable. You have the power to make a difference this November. Join NRS, NN4Y and our partners to raise awareness in November by participating in one of NRPM national events:
- #tbt: On November 5th, people across the country will post a photo of themselves as a teenager to social media with the hashtags #irememberwhatitslike and #NRPM2015. Once you have posted your #tbt nominate a friend to post theirs!
- ‘Wear Green’ Day: Coordinate a ‘wear green’ day with your friends, coworkers, students, and/or classmates on November 12th.
- Candlelight Vigil: Community groups and individuals across the country will be hosting candlelight vigils on November 19th to show runaway and homeless youth that they are not alone.
- Thunderclap: Throughout the month of November, we are asking supporters to opt into our Thunderclap. On Thanksgiving, NRS’ Thunderclap will ‘go live.’ If you have never heard of a Thunderclap, you can think of it like the Groupon of social media engagement; once a pre-set number of people opt in, then the campaign can go live! Learn more at Thunderclap.it and keep an eye on NRS’ Facebook and Twitter for the Thunderclap link.
Visit http://www.1800runaway.org/runaway-prevention-month/ to download the NRPM Community Toolkit as well as the list of suggested media.
Thank you in advance for helping to provide young people access to information and services that reduce their exposure to harm.