Looking on the National Runaway Switchboard website, there are some pretty shocking facts about runaways that you might not have known. One thing I…

Looking on the National Runaway Switchboard website, there are some pretty shocking facts about runaways that you might not have known. One thing I was really surprised to find out was that youth from the ages of 12-17 are at a higher risk of homelessness than adults are. This really struck me, because I see a lot of adults on the street who are pretty obviously homeless, whereas it’s rarer to see a kid that you’re certain is homeless. This creates a lack of awareness about how serious a problem youth homelessness is. Not only is it harder for these kids to get jobs, because of their age, but youth typically have less experience and “survival skills”, making homelessness that much more dangerous. Another depressing figure is that half of homeless youth above age 16 don’t attend school. It’s unsettling to know that they’re potentially entering a dangerous cycle of poverty that will be hard to get out of without the education they’re missing out on. All of this is an impetus for you to help out. Hand out fliers or green light bulbs, or tell your friends about NRS, and help lessen the damage that the youth runaway issue is the cause of. – Will