National Runaway Prevention Month
November 2018

If you would like to become an NRPM partner please email Rachel Reynolds at with your agency and contact information to be added to our list of NRPM 2018 supporters.


National Runaway Prevention Month is the annual awareness and prevention campaign for runaway and homeless youth issues. Every November, participants across the country host activities and events that amplify the experiences of runaway and homeless youth and the role everyone plays in ending youth homelessness.

Runaway Prevention Month is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the federally designated communication system for runaway and homeless youth, with the support of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB).

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


This year’s theme is “Shine a Light”. NRPM is not only shining a light on the issues runaway and homeless youth (RHY) face every day, but also shines a light on the resources available to youth in crisis and those experiencing homelessness.


Below is a list of National Events for you and your communities to participate in throughout November.

Facebook Profile Picture – November 1 – 30, 2018
The kickoff for NRPM will allow you to add a “Shine A Light” filter to your Facebook profile picture so you can show your support of runaway and homeless youth for the entire month of November. NRS will make the link available for this closer to the date.


Wear Green Day – November 6, 2018
This is a fun and easy way for you to get involved and raise awareness for NRPM. Wear green and post your pictures on social media using the hashtag #NRPM2018.


Light the Night – November 13, 2018
Youth service agencies, community groups, and individuals across the country host candlelight vigils to “shine a light” on the issues and show solidarity with youth in crisis.


Teachable Tuesday – November 20, 2018
NRS will have current runaway and homeless youth statistics available for individuals and organizations to share on social media to raise awareness about RHY issues. Share with your networks using the hashtag #NRPM2018. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram ahead of time.


NRPM Twitter Chat – November  29, 2018 at 3:00 PM EDT
Join the National Runaway Safeline and our national partners for a live Twitter Chat to discuss runaway and homeless youth issues and how everyone can play a role in ending youth homelessness. Follow the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #NRPMChat and follow NRS @1800RUNAWAY.

How to participate in the NRPM Twitter Chat:

  1. Log into Twitter on Thursday, November 29 between 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT.
  2. Type #NRPMChat into the search bar and select “latest” from the options that appear above the search results.
  3. Respond to questions posted by @1800RUNAWAY, use the #NRPMChat hashtag and preface your answer with “A” + the question number (i.e. “A1: I think…”).


Below are some of our materials that you may download and use to spread the word about National Runaway Prevention Month:

Toolkit and
Messaging Guide


National Event Flyer


Selfie Sign


Sample Proclamation


Sample Proclamation
Request Letter
Community PowerPoint


Sample Press Release




American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

Bill Wilson Center

Bridge Youth and Family Services

Chicago Police Department 16th District

Jackson Street Youth Services

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth

National Association of School Nurses

National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)

National Center for Homeless Education

National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

National Resource Center for Youth Services (NRCYS)

National Youth Employment Coalition

Runaway and Homeless Youth Training & Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC)

We are still accepting partners for NRPM! E-mail Rachel Reynolds at with your agency, contact information, and a signed partner letter (click here to download) to be added to our list of NRPM 2018 supporters.


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).

National Partners

Thank you to our past 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 Clearinghouse on Families and Youth 

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

National Network for Youth

National Safe Place Network

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

True Colors Fund

Youth Catalytics


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