Let’s Talk is an evidence-based, interactive, 14 module curriculum intended to:
- ...build life skills,
- ...increase knowledge about runaway resources and prevention,
- ...educate about alternatives to running away,
- ...encourage youth to access and seek help from trusted community members.
The curriculum can be used in its entirety or as individual 45-minute modules. It includes the companion film, "1-800-RUNAWAY".
Let’s Talk is intended for teenagers, families, and those who support them.
Download the Runaway Prevention Curriculum
Descarge el currículo en Español
Watch the curriculum's companion film on YouTube.
The Runaway Prevention Curriculum’s "Module 6: Runaway Reality" is presented by CBS Chicago's Steve Baskerville.
An evaluation that provides evidence that the Let’s Talk intervention improves the knowledge and life skills of the youth who participate in the program.
The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) appreciates your help in letting us know how many youth are being reached by the curriculum by completing a demographic form after each module and returning each to NRS. You can print out the form as a .pdf, complete it, and fax it to NRS at 773-929-5150, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can submit the form electronically using the links below.
Demographic Form in .pdf
Electronic Demographic Form
Demographic Form in .pdf - Español
Electronic Demographic Form - Español
Pre- and Post-Activity Kit
The kit has all the pre- and post-activities along with the master list conveniently in one file for facilitator use.
Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum includes over 40 interactive youth friendly activities. NRS suggests facilitators order promotional and educational materials to reinforce specific modules.
The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) offers a comprehensive service learning opportunity where participants engage in a service learning project regarding runaway and homeless youth by combining classroom learning and real-world application. Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum can guide the academic component. The civic engagement component can be fulfilled by utilizing NRS’ Street Team. Please contact the Prevention Specialist via email or by calling 773-289-1723 for more information and a project sample.
Kids Call is an activity within Module 6: Runaway Reality. Please follow the link here to learn more about the Kids Call Program.
Lisa's Diary sheds light on what a runaway experiences while on the streets.
Please assist the National Runaway Safeline by gathering input regarding the facilitation of Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum. The survey will greatly improve future prevention planning and curriculum enhancements. English survey | Spanish survey
For training and technical assistance, please contact:
Melanie Santarelli, Prevention Specialist
3080 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Direct Line: 773-289-1723 Fax: 773-929-5150