National Runaway Prevention Month - 2016

What is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM)?

Runaway Prevention Month is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and National Network for Youth (NN4Y).

The goals of NRPM are two-fold:

  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

NRS would like to express our sincere gratitude to our national partners, spanning various issue areas, the NRPM task force, a committed group of people representing over 40 states, NRS’ Youth Activist League, and individuals like you, for committing to keeping America’s youth safe and off the streets.

Why support NRPM?

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. If all of these young people lived in one city, it would be the fifth largest city in the United States. These numbers are unacceptable, particularly when you consider the fact that many of these young people will end up on the streets. These are not bad kids; they are good kids in bad situations. By supporting NRPM, you are showing America’s runaway and homeless youth that they are not invisible and they are not alone.

Download our NRPM 2016 ToolKit and Messaging Guide which includes information on easy ways to get involved, event planning, fundraising, and getting the word out.

Spread the word about NRPM through a media press release with our Sample Press Release.

Make a request to your local elected official to sign a proclamation for NRPM. Sample Proclamation Request

For our list of suggested media (books, movies, documentaries, and art projects), email our Community Engagement Specialist, Andrea Medina.



The theme of NRPM 2016 is Friends Helping Friends. This theme was designed to represent:

  • The fact that so often youth who are unstably housed, have run away, or been thrown out are often solely labeled based on their housing situation. We believe that kids should first and foremost be thought of as kids, and treated as such. Homelessness is a situation, not a definition.
  • The role of NRS as a national clearinghouse and America’s go-to resource for runaway and homeless youth. We not only piece together the different services available- everything from shelter to counseling- across the U.S., but also gather data to identify trends in youth running away and youth homelessness.
  • NRS’ crisis intervention model and the help and hope that we offer our callers. By seeing youth as more than just the situation they are in, we are able to assess the different aspects of a youth life in a nonjudgmental, non-directive, and nondenominational manner to get a complete picture of what a young person is going through and what they need. We can then walk them through a plan that is best for them.

National Partners

Thank you to our 2016 national partners.

American Association of School Administrators

A Way Home America

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth

National Center for Homeless Education

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

National Network for Youth

National Safe Place

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

True Colors Fund

Youth Catalytics

The History of NRPM

In October 2002, President Bush hosted the landmark White House Conference on Exploited and Runaway Children, where leaders from across the country convened to discuss issues and challenges related to the runaway and homeless youth crisis. What once was known as National Runaway Prevention Week was expanded into a month-long prevention and awareness campaign.

Over the years, members of Congress have taken steps to commemorate National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM); supporting and recognizing its goals and ideals by introducing both House and Senate Resolutions. Proud sponsors of NRPM resolutions have included Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Susan Collins (R- ME), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R- UT), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AK).