The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) knows there are many teens and families in crisis that don’t know about 1-800-RUNAWAY. Help get the word out about NRS’ hotline and online services. As a Street Team Member, you can distribute our many (free) educational and promotional materials throughout your community to help youth in crisis in your area. You can even earn rewards for your outreach efforts.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start?
After you complete the online application, NRS will send you the Street Team starter kit of outreach materials. You can now begin to earn points by distributing these materials in your community. Check out the Street Team outreach activities and rewards list for ideas.
Where should I distribute NRS materials?
The target audience for most of NRS’ promotional materials is youth ages 12-21, so the best places to distribute NRS’ materials is where lots of youth hang out. Always ask before posting materials in places like Greyhound stations, malls, movie theatres, concerts, festivals, schools, etc. Some businesses have policies against solicitation and material distribution, so be aware of an establishment’s policies before handing out materials.
How do I order more materials?
When you have handed out all the promotional materials in your starter kit you need to update the NRS volunteer coordinator about where and when you distributed materials. After you’ve updated the volunteer coordinator about how you distributed that batch of materials, you can request more promotional materials.
How many materials can I order?
The maximum order amount for most items is 50. If you would like to order more than the standard amount of an item, please contact the volunteer coordinator and explain the details of the event, who will be attending, and how you will be using the NRS educational materials.
How do I earn points and what can I use my points for?
You can earn points by doing any of the activities on the Street Team Activities list and then updating the volunteer coordinator about your activity. The volunteer coordinator keeps track of your point accumulation; then you can use your points to get fun stuff. Check out what you can get on the Street Team outreach activities and rewards list.
How do I handle media inquiries or donations?
Direct all media to the Media Resource Center of the NRS website. Direct all donations to the donation section of the NRS website. Street Team members cannot interview with the media or accept donations on behalf of NRS without permission from NRS staff.
What if someone tries to talk to me about a problem they’re having?
Please ask them to call 1-800-RUNAWAY where NRS’ front line team of volunteers and staff can provide crisis intervention and refer them to local resources. 1-800-RUNAWAY operates 24 hours a day and is free and confidential.
How do I contact the Volunteer Coordinator at NRS?
You can contact the volunteer coordinator by email or by phone at 773-289-1726.