November marks National Runaway Prevention Month

National Runaway Prevention Month aims to shed light on youth homelessness and provide an opportunity to spotlight the available resources for youth who find themselves in crisis. During the month of November, individuals, organizations, and communities across the nation are encouraged to work together to prevent youth homelessness. 

Did you know? According to the Chapin Hall Voices of Youth Count study, 1 in 30 adolescent minors (13 – 17) and 1 in 10 young adults (18 – 25) endures some form of homelessness in a year.

​​Research has shown that family dynamics (i.e., conflict over rules, divorce, blended families, and teen parenting) strongly affect a young person’s desire to run away. By creating a safe and accepting home environment where youth are encouraged to be honest, the likelihood of them running away may be reduced or prevented.

What can you do?

  • Visit our website to learn more about the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act
  • Download the social media graphics and share them on your page
  • November 10: Wear Green Day: Dress in green to show your support for NRPM.
  • Post a picture on social media with a message about your commitment to support runaway and homeless youth and include the hashtag #NRPM2021. Get creative and make this a competition in your office: first place to whoever wears the most green!

​​​​Other fun ideas include:

  • Paint your nails green, or wear bright green makeup;
  • Wear a green wig or hat;
  • Dress your pet in a green sweater.

The possibilities are endless, and they all serve as great conversation starters around NRPM.