Want to get involved? Learn how!
Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about National Runaway Prevention Month 2017!
NRS knows it takes place in November but it’s never too early to start planning, especially for something as important as National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM).
Just a brief history of NRPM: It started as National Runaway Prevention Week until October of 2002 when President Bush hosted the White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children.
This conference of national leaders, and NRS’ executive director Maureen Blaha, attended to discuss the crisis of runaway and homeless youth. One of the things that resulted was NRPM. Since then, several members of Congress have introduced House and Senate resolutions as a way to continue the conversation and recognize the goals of NRPM.
NRS works with several national partners and including some celebrities, Ludacris, and Cyndi Lauper!
Every year, NRS unites the country in supporting youth in November. By more people joining forces, NRPM canvasses the nation!!
But…what is it? It is a joint effort of National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) to raise awareness about runaway and homeless youth and to also educate the public about the role they have along with possible solutions to end the crisis of youth homelessness.
The goals of NRPM are:
- Raise awareness of the issues facing runaways
- Educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in preventing youth from running
That is too many runaway and homeless youth. Since everyone is impacted by this, the more people involved in the conversation, the more assistance that can be provided.
The theme of this year’s NRPM is Friends Helping Friends because friends are there to listen and support each other.
Quite often, when NRS asks youth how they heard about NRS, they say it was a friend who suggested they call. NRPM is also about how individuals, communities, or agencies can help connect with runaway and homeless youth. NRPM is removing the stigma that kids that run away from are “bad kids.”
Ways to get involved include:
- Designating a day for friends or coworkers to wear green and post a picture of it to social media with the hashtag #NRPM2017.
- Set up a photo booth at a school or workplace with a “Friends Helping Friends” selfie sign and post it along with a personal “Friends Helping Friends” story.
- Request a local official to secure a proclamation about NRPM.
Want to get involved? That’s great! After all, what would “Friends Helping Friends” be without more friends?
For more information: Download our NRPM 2017 Messaging Guide today!