Office of Children and Family Services

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

November is National Runaway Youth Prevention Month.

It is estimated that between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth across the country run away every year.  During 2011, there were 12,941 admissions to runaway youth programs in New York State, 46 percent reported from New York City. 
Along with losing their home, community, friends, and their sense of stability and safety, many of these youth are also victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets they are exposed to countless dangers, including substance abuse, early parenthood, impulsivity, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and falling victim to sex trafficking. 
There are many ways to get involved and help runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth and their families, including volunteering or working with a youth organization in your community.  Make the connection at 1-800-RUNAWAY or visit http://www.1800runaway.org/volunteer-match-and-opportunities/ 
As part of National Runaway Youth Prevention Month, the Green Light Project was created as a way for everyone to show their support by placing green bulbs in their outdoor lights throughout November.  Join us and “glow green” in November for National Runaway Youth Prevention Month.

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