National Runaway Prevention Month
If you would like to become an NRPM partner please email Rachel Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org with your agency and contact information to be added to our list of NRPM 2018 supporters.
WHAT IS NATIONAL RUNAWAY PREVENTION MONTH (NRPM)?
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:
- 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
2018 THEME: SHINE A LIGHT
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.
To add the frame to your profile picture:
2. Type “National Runaway Prevention Month” into the search bar and choose the Shine a Light frame
3. Select the end of November after ” Switch back to previous profile picture” option
4. Click “Use as Profile Picture”
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:
- Log into Twitter on Thursday, November 29 between 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT.
- Type #NRPMChat into the search bar and select “latest” from the options that appear above the search results.
- Respond to questions posted by @1800RUNAWAY, use the #NRPMChat hashtag and preface your answer with “A” + the question number (i.e. “A1: I think…”).
PLANNING AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS
Below are some of our materials that you may download and use to spread the word about National Runaway Prevention Month:
|National Event Flyer
|Sample Press Release
NRPM YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
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).