NATIONAL RUNAWAY PREVENTION MONTH Toolkit 2015 - National Runaway Safeline
Information on easy ways to get involved, event planning, fundraising, and getting the word out on runaway and homeless youth prevention from the National Runaway Safeline.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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TOOLKIT PRESENTED BY
NATIONAL RUNAWAY SAFELINE
2015 NATIONAL RUNAWAY PREVENTION MONTH
STUD NT FRI ND SIBLING
NRPM is spearheaded each year by the National
Runaway Safeline (NRS) and NationalNetwork for
Youth (NN4Y). The goals of NRPM are two-fold:
1. To raise awareness of the runaway
and homeless youth crisis andthe
issues that these young people face.
2. To educate the public aboutsolutions
and the role they can play in ending
NRPM began 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 thus 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).
The theme of NRPM 2015 is “More Than Meets
the Eye.” This theme is designed to dispel
stereotypes about runaway and homeless youth
by showing the complexity of every young person.
ABOUT THIS GUIDE
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.
This toolkit, designed and distributed by the
National Runaway Safeline (NRS), is intended
to serve as a resource for organizations, agencies,
businesses, schools, individuals, etc. who wish
to participate in National Runaway Prevention
Month (NRPM). Community participation is the
key to NRPM’s success. Community involvement
during NRPM is central to the campaign’s success.
For each community, organization, school,
person, etc. involved in NRPM, we become that
much closer to ending youth homelessness. This
guide is broken into four sections: 10 easy ways
to make a difference during NRPM, events and
activities, fundraising, and getting the word out.
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PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THE NATIONWIDE
NRPM EVENTS: Check out our list of national
events to participate in. Hosting a candlelight
vigil, participating in a social media campaign,
or organizing a ‘wear green’ day will be
instrumental in calling attention to the runaway
and homeless youth crisis.
PARTICIPATE IN A LOCAL EVENT: Contact a
local youth services agency to see what they
have planned for NRPM.
HOST A BOOK CLUB OR MOVIE NIGHT:
Through collaboration with the NRPM task
force and NRS’ Youth Activist League, we
have compiled a list of media relevant to
NRPM. Click here for suggestions for
movies, books, songs, and other pieces of
media salient to NRPM.
BECOME A STREET TEAM MEMBER: Join
NRS’ Street Team and help pass out wallet
cards, pens and brochures in your area; in
return, earn cool rewards for your outreach
efforts. Register for the Street Team today.
HOST A FUNDRAISER: Organize a fundraiser
at your office, place of worship, school, or
social club. A list of fundraising ideas can be
DECLARE NOVEMBER AS NATIONAL
RUNAWAY PREVENTION MONTH: Have a
proclamation or resolution signed for
National Runaway Prevention Month in your
state or city. A proclamation is granted by
an elected official such as a mayor, governor,
or president. Get a sample proclamation on
pages 21-22 of this toolkit.
DEVELOP A “RUNAWAY” DISPLAY: Get
permission from your local library, public
building, bank, etc. to display free promotional
materials in their lobby. Materials could include
brochures about NRS and the runaway issue,
bookmarks, pencils, and wallet cards. Order free
materials online to distribute in your display.
CREATE AN E-CAMPAIGN: Tell your online
contacts about NRPM by adding the following
message to your e-mail signature or social
“November is National Runaway
Prevention Month! Get involved
today by visiting 1800RUNAWAY.org.”
WRITE AN OP-ED: Submit an op-ed to your
local newspaper, highlighting the importance
of NRPM. For tips on writing an op-ed, click
here: link is
ADOPT NATIONAL RUNAWAY
PREVENTION MONTH: Ask your local school
student council, sports team, or other extra-
curricular group to “adopt” National Runaway
Prevention Month this year and distribute
posters, wallet cards, and other materials in
your school, mall, or community center.
Planning a successful campaign doesn’t have to involve a huge campaign budget
or a major national organization. Here are 10 easy activities to raise awareness in
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0210 EASY WAYS TO MAKE A
DIFFERENCE DURING NRPM
GREEN LIGHT PROJECT: The Green Light
Project is a long-time part of National Runaway
Prevention Month, and getting involved is as
easy as flipping a switch, wearing a lapel pin,
securing a landmark or building to be lit green
in November, and/or participating in ‘Wear
COMMUNITY PRESENTATION: Deliver a
presentation to a community group (schools,
civic groups, faith based organizations, etc.)
on the problem of youth runaways and the
Contact NRS at outreach@1800RUNAWAY.org
or 773-880-9860 ext. 718 to order free
1-800-RUNAWAY promotional materials to
hand out at presentations.
GET LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL
Have a proclamation or resolution signed for
National Runaway Prevention Month.
A proclamation is granted by an elected
official such as a mayor, governor, or president.
A resolution is signed by a legislative body
such as a state legislature, county commission,
or city council. The National Runaway Safeline
and the National Network for Youth work to
engage Congressional representatives in
runaway prevention. In previous years,
Congressional representatives have passed
resolutions in support of runaway prevention.
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03EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
DEVELOP A “RUNAWAY DISPLAY”:
Develop a display of statistics and promotional
materials that viewers can “take-away” (i.e. pen-
cils, bookmarks, brochures) and get permission
to set up your information in a busy public area.
You might try a public building, a busy business
in town, or a state / county fair. Contact the
National Runaway Safeline at 1-800-RUNAWAY
to order free promotional materials to distribute
at your runaway display.
INVITE THE PUBLIC TO HEAR LOCAL EXPERTS:
Host a general forum for youth, parents, service
providers and other stakeholders in runaway
prevention. Invite expert guest speakers to
present information at the forum – your experts
could be representatives from service
providers, city agencies, and/or youth. This
approach has been successfully implemented
by the New York City Department of Youth
and Community Development both as a
multi-location short event and as a one-
location, all-day event.
INVOLVE YOUR LOCAL POLITICIANS: Invite
a local politician (mayor, city councilperson,
congressman, etc.) to attend your event. Having
a respected local dignitary in attendance can
increase the credibility of your event, and bring
you additional press coverage.
SUGGESTED EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Green Light Project
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* Tell NRS about your Project - We want to hear about your Green
Light Project! Email Community Engagement Specialist to share
your green light goals, successes, set-backs, and results.
Plan a green light event/ceremony and
purchase and distribute green light bulbs
in your community. Green light bulbs are
available at most local hardware stores.
Participate in a Green Light Project event
by securing a landmark or building in their
community to be lit green in November.
Create green awareness ribbons and distribute
them to local government officials and/or local
Join groups across the country to wear green on
Thursday, November 20th or choose your own day
to wear as an office, school, sports team, social club,
Greek organization, service organization, etc. Take a
group picture* and send it to NRS to be featured on
Facebook and website.
The Green Light Project is the symbol
for National Runaway Prevention Month,
and getting involved is as easy as
flipping a switch, wearing a lapel pin,
securing a landmark or building to be lit
green in November, and/or participating
in ‘Wear Green’ Day.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH: #TBT. Post a
picture of you as a teenager on Facebook,
Twitter, or Instagram for ‘throwback
Thursday.’ Use the caption “I remember what
it’s like’ and the hashtag #NRPM2015. If space
allows, include a link for your followers to find
out more at 1800RUNAWAY.org/national-run-
away-prevention-month. Consider making
the photo your profile picture for the month
of November to draw even more attention
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH: WEAR
GREEN’ DAY: Most people have something
green in their closet; whether it be a t-shirt,
tie, pair of socks, etc. Coordinate a ‘wear
green’ day with your friends, coworkers,
students, and/or classmates on November
12th. This is a fun and easy way to get
people to learn more about NRPM. For added
impact, take a photo of your group wearing
green and post it to social media with the
hashtag #NRPM2015. Tag NRS and we could
share your photo!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH: ‘NATIONAL
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL. Youth service agencies,
community groups, and individuals will be
hosting candlelight vigils to show solidarity
with youth in crisis. Host your own candlelight
vigil in your neighborhood, at your school, your
workplace, your place of worship, etc. This
event is low cost and high impact.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH: ‘GIVE
THANKS’ THUNDERCLAP. On Thanksgiving,
while people reflect on what they are thankful
for, NRS is asking that everyone across the
country to ‘pay it forward’ by participating
in our online thunderclap. If you have never
heard of a thunderclap, you can think of it
like the online version of those ‘funds raised’
thermometers. Except, instead of measuring
money, thunderclaps measure impressions.
Learn more about thunderclaps at
Check out our list (below) to see the calendar and descriptions for NRPM’s national
events. Weekly events (two online events, two “in real life” events) will take place on
each Thursday in November. For more detailed descriptions of our national events,
including what is needed for a candlelight vigil, click here.
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05NRPM NATIONAL EVENTS
Want to support NRPM by organizing a
fundraiser? Not sure how to get started?
Check out our tips and ideas.
TIPS ON ORGANIZING A FUNDRAISER
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE: Do your friends
love to be outdoors, or do they prefer a night
at the pub? Think of an activity that your
friends/ family/ coworkers already enjoy and
use it as a way to raise funds. For example,
someone whose friends love throwing dinner
parties could host an NRPM dinner party, with
a suggested donation and green decorations.
MAKE IT TANGIBLE: Asking people to do
something specific is more motivating than
just asking for “donations.” For example,
asking your coworkers to all pack lunch on a
certain day and give what they would have
spent as a donation is more tangible and
relatable than just asking them to donate.
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE SOCIAL MEDIA:
While in-person events are a lot of fun, online
‘events’ may be more convenient for some
people to participate in. For example, you
could take to your social media pages with
a challenge to your friends to collectively
donate $100 for you to post embarrassing
photos from middle school.
TIE THE EVENT TO THE ISSUE: Organizing
a fun event or challenge will draw people in,
but relating it back to the cause will provide
extra motivation for people to participate. In
your invitations, you can cite statistics about
runaway and homeless youth or include
quotes from one of the books or movies in
our media guide. Reminding people where
their money will go is important.
SHOW GRATITUDE: Thank everyone who
participates, at least once. Handwritten thank
you notes are a way to go the extra mile.
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06NRPM FUNDRAISING GUIDE
GET SPONSORED TO RUN/ WALK/BIKE: Ask people to
pledge a predetermined amount for each mile you run/
walk/bike then run/walk/bike as long as you can.
HOLD A YARD SALE: Need to get rid of stuff around the
house? Hold a yard sale in November with all or a portion
of the proceeds going toward runaway and homeless
youth programs. Distribute NRPM materials during the
yard sale as an extra way to spread the word.
ACCEPT A CHALLENGE: Need a push to do something?
Set a challenge for yourself, such as skydiving, cutting your
hair, wearing an embarrassing outfit in public, or doing
an open mic night, and then challenge your contacts to
meet a fundraising goal (the amount can vary). Once the
fundraising goal has been met, do said activity.
FORGO GIFTS: Have a birthday, anniversary, or other
special event coming up? Consider asking for donations
to runaway and homeless youth programs in lieu of gifts.
HOST A SLEEP OUT: Invite people to participate in a sleep
out to raise money for runaway and homeless youth. Ask
people to get sponsored or ask for a donation to participate.
HOST A PARTY: Organize and host a party. Ask people for
a suggested donation. Throughout the evening, you can
read excerpts or show clips from the books and movies
from our media guide.
BRING IT TO WORK: Create a challenge or activity specific
to your workplace. Work in an office? Set a fundraising
goal and if the goal is met, jeans will be allowed on a
certain day. Do your coworkers go out to lunch every day?
Ask them to bring their lunch for a day and donate what
they would have spent.
CREATE A CONTEST: Team up with a friend, family
member, or coworker. Set up a contest between the two
of you; i.e. whoever raises more money will have the other
one do their laundry, paperwork, or cleaning for a week/
month/etc. Then, set a fundraising period (week, month,
day, etc.) and let the games begin!
LOOSE CHANGE: Choose a day to ask everyone at your
workplace, school, or place of worship to donate their loose
change to runaway and homeless youth programs. Make
sure to let people know how much money they raised!
GIVE UP YOUR FAVORITE THING: Have a fancy coffee
every morning? Love chocolate? Give it up for a week or
month. You can then either donate the amount saved and
ask people to match the amount, or, if your favorite thing
doesn’t cost anything (for example, watching your favorite
show) have people sponsor you.
TALKING POINTS SOCIAL MEDIA
MEDIA AND ART
Want to get the word out about NRPM
and runaway and homeless youth but
not sure where to start? We have compiled
some easily referenced talking points.
The theme of NRPM 2015, that these ‘different’
groups of underserved youth (LGBTQ, foster
youth, homeless youth, abused youth)
actually overlap and intersect quite a bit. We,
as a country, need to think about how we
canbetter serve youth in general, rather than
putting youth into ‘boxes.
RHY youth are not ‘bad kids,’ they are typically
good kids caught in bad situations.
Runaway and homeless youth are not limited
to urban environments. There are runaway and
homeless youth in every community: urban,
suburban, and rural.
Runaway and homeless youth often do not
look like the stereotype of an adult homeless
person. They often try to hide their situation
and therefore the issue remains invisible.
Young people on the street are often perceived
as ‘bad kids’ if/ when they engage in risky be-
haviors. The reality is that many of these young
people do not engage in these behaviors until
they are already on the streets, and only do so
for survival or to cope.
This is a solvable problem.
Rather than taking it into their own hands, the
public can help runaway and homeless youth
by connecting them with services that are
There is a positive social return on investment
for those willing to invest in ending youth
homelessness. Catching a young person
before they turn to a lifetime on the streets
saves society money in social programs and
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07 GETTING THE WORD OUT
Being a part of NRPM can be as easy as a click,
a ‘like,’ a ‘share’ or a retweet. NRS’ social media
pages are a great resource to stay informed about
youth issues. Throughout November, we will be
disseminating data, stories, and other useful
information about the runaway and homeless youth
crisis. We will also be coordinating two social media
‘events,’ (see our list of NRPM national events for
more information) on Thursday, November 6th and
Thursday, November 27th. Follow us on Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram to stay in the loop!
While data is crucial to understanding different
issue areas, peoples’ stories are what move us.
To get people to understand the issues faced by
youth in crisis on an emotional level, we have put
together a list of books, movies, TV shows, and
other pieces of media that effectively convey the
stories of these young people. Want to get your
friends and family involved in NRPM? Why not
host a book club or movie night with one of the
books or movies from our list? You can download
the list at 1800runaway.org/runaway-preven-
Have a proclamation or resolution signed for NRPM.
A proclamation is granted by an elected official
such as a mayor, governor, or president. A resolu-
tion is signed by a legislative body such as a state
legislature, county commission, or city council.
NRS and the NN4Y work to engage Congressional
representatives in runaway prevention. In previous
years, Congressional representatives have passed
resolutions in support of runaway prevention. Below,
we have provided a sample proclamation request
as well as a sample proclamation. The portions that
require customization have been highlighted in red.
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SAMPLE PROCLAMATION REQUEST
The Honorable FIRST NAME LAST NAME,
TITLE OF OFFICEHOLDER,
November is National Runaway Prevention Month. I am writing on behalf of [name of
organization] to request you,in your capacity as TITLE OF OFFICE HOLDER to
issue an official Proclamation designating November as Runaway Prevention Month in
NAME OF STATE OR LOCALITY.
The goals of National Runaway Prevention Month are twofold:
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
We are partnering with the National Runaway Safeline, the federally-designated
communication system for runaway and homeless youth and their families, and
the National Network for Youth, an organization representing more than 800 local
and community-based youth serving agencies to achieve our combined runaway
By issuing an official Proclamation designating November as National Runaway Prevention
Month in NAME OF STATE OR LOCALITY you can bring much needed attention to the risks
that youth are facing today and would encourage all residents of our STATE OR LOCALITY
to play a role in supporting young people who have runaway or who at-risk of doing so.
For your convenience, I have attached suggested Proclamation text. NAME OF
ORGANIZATION would be pleased to work with you to develop or participate
in a Proclamation Signing ceremony and for generating public awareness about the
strategies available to ensure the safety and well-being of our STATE/COMMUNITY’s
youth and families. Thank you for the opportunity to submit this request. Please
let me know of your decision. If you have questions or need additional information,
please contact me at PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS.
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November is National Runaway Prevention Month: A Proclamation
The future well-being of our nation is dependent on the value we place on our young
people. We must provide opportunities for youth to acquire the knowledge, skills, and
abilities necessary to develop into healthy and productive adults. We must also enlist
their families and other adults in the community to serve as mentors and role models for
young people, guiding them toward wise choices and available resources and supports.
The young people with the least access to these essential opportunities and supports are
those in runaway and homeless situations. Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in
a one year period. INSERT STATE OR COMMUNITY DATA IF KNOWN. These young people
come from every life circumstance. What they share in common is that their home
environments are unsafe and unhealthy.
If all of us work together, we can prevent the situations that compel youth to run away from
home. Prevention means assisting youth in discovering the delicate balance of life-saving
skills: Awareness—what it means to run away and why running away will not solve their
problems; Resources—how to build a safety net of trusted people and organizations to turn
to for help; Communication—how to speak and listen effectively; and, Stress Management—
how to reduce or manage stressors and solve problems.
The first step in preventing youth from making the decision to run is our gaining an
understanding of the facts about runaway youth in order to dispel the myths about them.
Then, we must empower families and communities to aid our nation’s youth in protecting
themselves and assuring them all of the opportuni¬ties and supports necessary for
their success. Finally, we must challenge adults to act as mentors and role models for youth,
guiding them toward available resources and safe, healthy, and productive choices.
My administration supports the efforts of the community-based, faith-based, and public
organizations in our STATE/COMMUNITY who are working diligently to increase public
awareness about, advocate on behalf of, and provide positive and safe alternatives to
runaway and homeless youth and their families.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, NAME AND TITLE, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do
hereby proclaim November as National Runaway Prevention Month in STATE/COMMUNITY
I call upon the people of STATE/COMMUNITY to observe this month by supporting young
people who have run away or who are at high risk of doing so by developing a personal
relationship with them, teaching them skills that promote positive life choices, providing a
safety net of trusted friends, adults, and resources to them, and being available to them as
they transition to adulthood.
IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this XXX day of XXX, in the year of
our Lord two thousand fifteen.
Press releases and media pitches are a great way to get the word out about NRPM in
general as well as any local events or fundraisers that may be going on. We have provided
a few templates for other organizations and community members to utilize. In the following
pages, you can find a sample press release, a sample media pitch, and a sample media alert.
We have highlighted the parts to be customized in red.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NAME PHONE EMAIL
NAME OF ACTIVITY SPONSOR
Commemorates National Runaway Prevention Month by ACTIVITY
NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL RUNAWAY PREVENTION MONTH
Annual Initiative Raises Awareness, Prevents Youth From Running Away
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare—their child has run away. A series of questions and
incomprehensible outcomes run through their head. They wonder what to do, where
their child was last seen, and what was discussed before they left home that day.
Kids run away from home. Even more contemplate running. And more than half of the
youth calls handled by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) deal with a youth who is
already on the street as a runaway, throw¬away, or homeless youth.
November is National Runaway Prevention Month and NRS and the National Network for
Youth (NNY) are embarking on the annual national public education campaign to raise
awareness of youth runaway issues, and to educate Americans about solutions that help
prevent youth from running away. INSERT A QUOTE FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION’S
LEADERSHIP AND INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION IS DOING
The National Runaway Safeline, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated
national communication system for homeless and runaway youth. Recognized as
the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volun-
teers, handles an average of 100,000 calls annually. NRS provides crisis intervention,
referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and
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SAMPLE PRESS RELEASE
community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 10,000
youth have been reunited with their families through the NRS Home Free program done in
collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The NRS crisis hotline is 1-800-RUNAWAY.
For information, visit 1800RUNAWAY.org.
The National Network for Youth, founded in 1975, is a membership organization comprised
of youth-serving agencies, young people, youth workers, and youth advocates who seek
to ensure that all young people can be safe and lead healthy and productive lives. The
National Network focuses its work with and for youth, especially those who, because of life
circumstance, disadvantage, past abuse, or prejudice, need greater opportunities and
supports to become contributing members of their communities. For more information
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Below is a sample of a media pitch to a youth magazine, encouraging editors to write
a story about NRPM during November.
Some of your readers may be part of a silent crisis. Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run
away in a year—but prevention is possible and help is available for the youth that may be
considering it. For your November issue, which is National Runaway Prevention Month
(NRPM), I hope you will consider writing something about the runaway issue that educates
your readers about solutions and the role they can play to help prevent their friends from
NRPM is symbolized by the color green, and is spearheaded by the National Runaway
Safeline (NRS). Your readers can get involved in November by swapping out their porch
light for a green one or simply letting their friends know that prevention is possible and
help is available through organizations like NRS that offers the 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline
and online services via 1800RUNAWAY.org.
Below is a little more background on NAME OF ORGANIZATION. If you’re interested, I can
share additional runaway statistics and prevention tips, as well as coordinate an interview
for you with NAME. Just let me know how I can help with any coverage you’re considering.
*INCLUDE A PARAGRAPH GIVING BACKGROUND ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION*
SAMPLE MEDIA PITCH
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This is a sample media alert for a candlelight vigil during November.
**MEDIA ALERT *** MEDIA ALERT *** MEDIA ALERT**
ORGANIZATION NAME’S Candlelight Vigil at LOCATION Raises Awareness of Youth
Runaway and Homelessness Issues and Solutions for Prevention
WHAT: Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. During National Runaway
Prevention Month (NRPM), ORGANIZATION NAME joins the National Runaway Safeline
(NRS) and other social service agencies around the nation on Nov. 12 to host a candlelight
vigil to show solidarity with these youth in crisis and reflect on the issues faced by runaway
and homeless youth.
WHO: LIST SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS
WHERE: LIST LOCATION
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 from TIME
VISUALS: LIST THE VISUALS THAT REPORTS CAN EXPECT
INTERVIEWS: LIST STAFF AND/OR VOLUNTEERS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE
ABOUT NRPM: During NRPM in November, NRS and its partners raise awareness of the
runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face, as well
as educate Americans about solutions and the role they can play in preventing and ending
youth homelessness. This year’s theme ‘More Than Meets the Eye’ represents the full
picture: the various at-risk and underserved youth populations affected, understanding all
of the pieces of a youth’s situation to best give them help and hope, and the services
available to do that.
ABOUT YOUR ORG: GIVE MEDIA SOME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
SAMPLE MEDIA ALERT
ABOUT NRS: The National Runaway Safeline, formerly known as the National Runaway
Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national
communication system for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. NRS, with the support
of more than 150 volunteers, makes more than 250,000 connections to help and hope
through hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY), online (1800RUNAWAY.org), texting (66008) and
offline resources. NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and
education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout
the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More than 15,000 youth have been reunited
with their families through NRS’ Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound
Lines, Inc. For more information, visit 1800RUNAWAY.org.
CONTACT: PROVIDE NAME, TELEPHONE NUMBER, AND EMAIL OF CONTACT PERSON
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