Help Spread Awareness About National Runaway Prevention Month

| November 23, 2015

Between 1.6 million 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 U.S. These numbers are unacceptable, particularly when you consider that many of these young people will end up on the street. By supporting NRPM, you are showing America’s runaway and homeless youth that they are not invisible and they are not alone.

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, and to educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in ending youth homelessness

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Crisis Intervention: NRS operates a confidential 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline and online crisis service (live chat, emails, forum) 24/7/365. Texting is now also another option for kids in crisis to connect at 66008. Our frontline team of staff and volunteers receive 40 hours of training to provide non-judgmental, non-sectarian and non-directive support, empowering callers to develop a plan of action to improve their situation.

Information & Referrals: A database of about 10,000 youth and family resources provides countless options for callers to access a myriad of services, such as counseling, shelter services, alcohol/drug treatment and child protective services.

Conference Calls: When youth request assistance contacting their family or an agency that can help, NRS facilitates a conference call. The frontline team member remains on the line with the youth, advocating, as needed, on their behalf.

Message Service: NRS maintains a message service for youth who want to relay a message but are not ready to communicate directly with their parent. NRS’ message service is a less intimidating means for a youth to reestablish contact with their parent/guardian and often serves as the first step toward reunification. In addition, a parent may access the service to leave a message for his/her child.

Home Free: In partnership with Greyhound Lines, Inc., NRS helps reunite runaway youth with their families, or alternate living arrangement through a free bus ticket home. More than 15,000 youth have been reunited with families through the Home Free Program since 1995.

Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum: NRS has created a free 14-module, interactive instructional tool, available in English and Spanish. The evidence-based prevention curriculum is intended to build life skills; increase knowledge about runaway resources and prevention; educate about alternatives to running away; and encourage youth to access and seek help from trusted community members.

Prevention and Educational Materials:  NRS provides educational and promotional materials free of charge to individuals, schools and organizations to distribute within their community. All prevention and education materials are available to order or download.

Online Resources:  The website,, has four main goals: to provide online crisis intervention with one-on-one chats, emails or forum postings, to direct calls to the hotline so that youth and families can receive verbal, individualized attention and support; to engage youth and families so they can access critical information before a runaway episode occurs; and to disseminate information about NRS, youth and runaways to the community.

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