Research on Runaway, Homeless and At-Risk Youth

Research on runaway, homeless and at-risk youth | National Runaway SafelineAs a knowledge leader on runaway, homeless and at-risk youth, NRS’ website features crisis hotline and online statistics, third-party statistics, and original research facilitated by NRS. Our research on runaway, homeless and at-risk youth is regularly used by media outlets, news organizations, blogs and educational institutions.

NRS also makes a Media Source Book available on its website to promote findings through social, traditional and diverse media outlets.  NRS updates the content of the Media Source Book to reflect the newest trend statistics and third-party statistics. Providing the most up to date materials to media representatives maximizes research capacity to increase public awareness and education on issues impacting runaways, homeless, throwaway, and at risk youth.

Examples of topics covered in the Media Source Book:

  • The definition of a runaway
  • The number of runaways/throwaways in the U.S.
  • How youth survive on the run
  • The demographics of a typical runaway/throwaway
  • The impacts of running away on youth
  • How parents can prevent their child from running away
  • Why youth run away
  • Trends in runaway statistics

About the National Runaway Safeline The National Runaway Safeline (NRS), established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Annually, NRS, with the support of more than 120 volunteers, makes 250,000 connections to help and hope through hotline, online and offline resources. Through hotline and online services, NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 15,000 youth have been reunited with their families through the NRS Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc.


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