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When a youth runs away, the impact is felt throughout the entire community. All of us—individuals, businesses, community groups, teachers, elected officials, and human service agencies—are encouraged to participate in National Runaway Prevention Month. Working together to identify resources and to help youth develop life skills can make the difference between a youth running away and/or finding needed resources.

NRPM is co-sponsored each year by the National Runaway Safeline and the National Network for Youth.

The goals of NRPM are two-fold:
  1. To raise awareness about the issues that runaways and homeless youth face, and
  2. Educate the public about solutions to preventing youth from running away from home


NRS is celebrating Social Media Day of Action on November 1st; however, any day in November can be your Social Media Day of Action. Help NRS and partnering organizations raise awareness about runaway and homeless youth issues by participating in this online campaign.

Social Media Day of Action

November 1st – November 30th:
  • Wear green socks to raise awareness of runaway and homeless youth!
    • Upload a picture of you and your agency wearing green socks to Facebook and tag NRS in the photo.
    • Tweet your green sock photos and include NRS' twitter handle - @1800RUNAWAY - and #NRPM 2012 in the post.
  • Mention NRPM 2-3 times a week on your Facebook and/or Twitter page.
  • Post pictures of your NRPM activities on Facebook and tag NRS.
  • Remind your Facebook friends and followers that November is NRPM and link to the NRS website.
  • Disseminate statistics about runaway youth.
    • Use NRS' statistics and research, including data from our most recen study on the long-term effects of running away from home.
    • NRS also has statistics on youth that call our hotline and other studies.
  • Ask your friends and followers to like NRS on Facebook and follow NRS on Twitter.
  • If you're planning an NRPM activity at your agency or in your comunity, post pictures of how you're preparing. Examples: staff/volunteers designing posters, assembling green light bulbs kits or lapel pin kits, etc.
  • On Twitter, include hashtag #NRPM2012 for relevant tweets. 


Green Light Project


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 Green Sock Day.

Green Light Project: 

  • Plan a green light event/ceremony and purchase and distribute green light bulbs in your community.  
  • Participate in a Green Light Project event by securing a landmark or building in their community to be lit green in November. 
  • Purchase and distribute green lapel pins to your local government officials and/or local businesses. 
Green Sock Day:
  • Select a day in November as Green Sock Day and get a group of employees, friends, etc. to wear green socks, or anything green, on that day.  
  • Take a group picture and send it to NRS to be featured on Facebook and website