November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM), a public awareness campaign designed to “Shine a Light” on the experiences of runaway and homeless youth that too often remain invisible. It is also an opportunity to spotlight the resources available to support youth in crisis throughout the nation. As part of the campaign, individuals, organizations and communities across the nation are encouraged to work together to prevent youth homelessness.
National Runaway Prevention Month is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), a national nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that runaway, homeless and at-risk youth are safe and off the streets, with the support of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB).
The goals of NRPM:
- To raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face
- To educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in ending youth homelessness
Our next NRPM Partner call will be May 14 at 3:00 PM Central Time. We will be discussing what we already have planned, collaborate on ideas for the national events and activities and more. Click here to register.
NRPM 2018 PARTNERS
Chicago Police Department 16th District
Safe Places for Youth
We are still accepting partners for NRPM! E-mail Rachel Reynolds at prevention@1800RUNAWAY.org with your agency, contact information, and a signed partner letter (click here to download) to be added to our list of NRPM 2018 supporters.
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).