What is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM)?

Runaway Prevention Month is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and National Network for Youth (NN4Y).

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

Why support NRPM?

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. If all of these young people lived in one city, it would be the fifth largest city in the United States. These numbers are unacceptable, particularly when you consider the fact that many of these young people will end up on the streets. These are not bad kids; they are good kids in bad situations. By supporting NRPM, you are showing America’s runaway and homeless youth that they are not invisible and they are not alone.

Download our NRPM 2017 ToolKit and Messaging Guide , which includes information on easy ways to get involved, event planning, fundraising, and getting the word out.

Spread the word about NRPM through a media press release with our Sample Press Release

Make a request to your local elected official to sign a proclamation for NRPM. Sample Proclamation Request 

Click here for the link to our first national event, Facebook Profile Picture Day.  

FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS: NRPM 2017

The theme of NRPM 2017 is “Friends Helping Friends.” A friend is there to support, listen and care. They can come in the form of teachers, mentors, peers, or even family members. The National Runaway Safeline is here 24/7 to be a friend and support for youth in crisis. This theme is designed to recognize the role key people play in the lives of at-risk youth. Our goal is to unite all communities together to help support youth as they navigate their world.

How can you be a friend?

*Support NRS on Nov. 22nd by downloading a “selfie sign” and posting your “Friends Helping Friends” story on social media.*

You can also download NRPM 2017 graphics from our national partner, the National Network for Youth.

NRPM NN4Y Logo (PNG format)

NRPM NN4Y Graphic (JPG)

NRPM NN4Y Logo (PNG)

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

The 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).

 

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