And Why Have I Enlisted To Support The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) Mission. “For many years, I have made supporting youth causes a priority in my life.” – Kevin Carlson, Board Member

National Runaway Safeline board member Kevin Carlson

I read an advocacy post once that stated “those that can, should.” In simple terms, this should be enough for anyone to support the National Runaway Safeline. Specific to NRS, there is much more to this: we need to help. The statistics on homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in need are staggering; and these youth are not equipped to deal with the social problems and complexity driving a need to leave home, being homeless, or in many cases being kicked out of their homes. We need to help. With a no-judgement approach, NRS does help, and in a sensitive, professional, caring and compassionate way. I’m glad to have the opportunity to be part of this.

For many years, I have made supporting youth causes a priority in my life. I have been very fortunate, have a strong altruistic motivation, and a responsibility to contribute time and effort to supporting youth causes. National Runaway Safeline provides great methods for me to contribute to the betterment of those of our youth in need of shelter, a home, a safe zone and a way out of dangerous situations. The hotline, chatline and “we will listen to you” community available to homeless youth 24/7 on an instantaneous, on-demand basis for most is essential support; for some, a lifeline. To have a role in supporting the implementation and success of the NRS’ mission for me is about the responsibility all who can have the obligation to fulfill.

The future of NRS and the ability to continue serving homeless and at-risk youth is challenged by significant issues and support risks.

Two primary challenges in my view are:

1) a changing landscape for youth in need, enabling support improvements for the youth NRS serves

2) the financial support network available and needed for NRS’ operations, supporting  NRS’ Strategic Plan to increase and diversify funding sources

These two areas are my focus and will be in the future. I am glad to be part of NRS and supporting the mission of keeping runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.