Kids Call is a hands-on way for youth to learn more about the issues that youth in crisis face and the solutions available to them- straight from the National Runaway Safeline team. Kids Call helps participants further grasp what runaway and homeless youth are going through, as well as familiarize themselves with NRS’ services in case they, or anyone they know, end up in crisis. We’ll answer questions such as: “How long are runaways gone? What makes someone run away? What can I do instead of running away?”

Here’s how Kids Call works:

1. Brainstorm with your class, group or youth questions about runaway issues. Here a few common questions to get you started:

  • What makes someone run away?
  • Where do they go?
  • When do they decide to go home?
  • Do runaways go to jail?
  • How do they get home if they don’t have any money?
  • What are the most common reasons for calling the National Runaway Safeline?
  • How long are runaways gone?
  • Do all runaways go home?
  • What can I do if someone I know wants to run away or has run away?

2. To schedule a Kids Call session, call the Prevention Specialist at 773-289-1723 or email at

3. A time will be scheduled for your class, group or youth to speak with a staff member or volunteer to facilitate a discussion about runaway issues, answer questions and have an opportunity to experience a “mock” call.

4. NRS will ask the group leader or teacher to fill out a Kids Call evaluation form and return it to NRS via mail or fax 773-929-5150.


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