National Runaway Prevention Month History


In October of 2002, President Bush hosted the landmark White House Conference on Exploited and Runaway Children, where leaders from across the country met to discuss issues and challenges related to the runaway and homeless youth crisis. In connection with this conference, they recognized National Runaway Prevention Week, which has since been expanded into a month-long prevention and awareness campaign. Over the years, members of Congress have supported NRPM. Most recently, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), along with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Jack Reed (D-RI), introduced and passed a bipartisan resolution to recognize November as National Runaway Prevention Month. NRPM is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), a non-profit organization based in Chicago committed to ensuring youth are safe and off the streets, with the support of the Family and Youth Services Bureau.

What are the goals for NRPM?

  1. To raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that young people face.
  2. To educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in runaway prevention and ending youth homelessness.

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