Roundtable Series - National Runaway Safeline

National Runaway Safeline

Youth Roundtable

In collaboration with the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), the National Runaway Safeline hosted two virtual, invite-only panel discussions, gaining the perspectives of youth with lived experience, along with experts and researchers who focus their work on this subject. You can watch the recordings, as well as view our insights and recommendations below.

Runaway Prevention Roundtable: Research & Practical Strategies

Thursday, September 23rd, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST

A moderated panel discussion, focused on effective prevention measures for runaway youth and youth experiencing homelessness in America. Researchers, practitioners, and subject matter experts offered their perspectives based on the knowledge gained at the July 20th Youth Panel on the subjects of accessibility of services for youth experiencing homelessness, improving access and effective prevention efforts.

Panelists included:

  • John “Jack” Martin, Director – Clark County (NV) Department of Juvenile Justice Services
  • Dr. Resa Matthew, Director – Division of Evaluation, Data, and Policy, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Dr. Forrest Moore, Policy Fellow – Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Youth Voices Panel: Lived Experience, Services, and Positive Outcomes

Tuesday, July 20th, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST 

The panel included a diverse group of nine youth with lived experience from across the country, who highlighted day-to-day challenges they have faced, as well as available services and effective prevention efforts they have experienced. The conversation focused on:

  • Situations and circumstances that lead youth to run away or become homeless;
  • The role that runaway and homeless youth (RHY) services play in the lives of young people;
  • Perceived gaps in services, areas of improvement, and recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of services and support for youth in crisis; and
  • Exploration of new, collaborative efforts to better support RHY.

Click here to download the summary and key recommendations from the Youth Voices Panel. We invite you to watch the recording of the panel discussion below.

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