I canít believe itís already November and the holiday season is upon us. This year has definitely flown by! I donít know about you, but this time of year puts me in the mood to spend time with loved ones and enjoy delicious, holiday feasts. As I get excited about the holidays and prepare for all the holiday festivities, I canít help but think about those youth on the streets who wonít be spending time with their families this year. This month is National Runaway Prevention Month, a time to drive more awareness of the 1.2 million runaway youth on the streets, show them that we are thinking about them this holiday season and do our part to help prevent youth from running away in the future.
There are several things you can do to drive awareness during National Runaway Prevention Month, including:
1)††††† Green Light Project Ė You can show support today by shining a green light on your front porch, wearing a green lapel pin, or participating in Green Sock Day (or Greenhound Day, as we at Greyhound affectionately call it). Greyhound employees proudly wear green socks today in support of Runaway Prevention (in photo above), which is a cause near and dear to our hearts, as our program called Home Free, done in partnership with the National Runaway Safeline, has reunited more than 14,000 runaway youth that are 12 Ė 20 years of age with their families for free.
2)††††† Social Media Day of Action:†Organizations and individuals nationwide can participate any day in November by wearing green socks, uploading photos displaying their support of National Runaway Prevention Month to Facebook, and tweeting those photos with the hashtag #NRPM2013.
3)††††† Plan Your Own Community Activity: The National Runaway Safeline provides a Community Action Kit which is a step-by-step approach to planning and implementing runaway prevention activities in your own neighborhood. This kit has ideas that can be used by parents, teachers, police, non-profits, youth and any other individuals or groups concerned about runaway youth.
For more information about National Runaway Prevention Month and ways you can get involved, visit www.1800runaway.org.