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November is National Runaway Prevention Month

green ribbon .jpg National Runaway Prevention Month

November’s National Runaway Prevention Month is a national initiative sponsored by the National Runaway Safeline and the National Network for Youth.Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year in the United States.  There are youth in Mississippi County today who have either run away or are thinking of running away. 

The National Runaway Safeline, established in 1971, serves as the federally designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth.  National Runaway Safeline handles on average 100,000 calls annually.  This system provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the United States 24/7.

The National Network for Youth was founded in 1975, and is a membership organization that seeks to ensure that all young people can be safe and lead healthy and productive lives.

You can show your support for National Runaway Prevention Month by swapping out your porch light for a green one, wearing a green ribbon, or just by letting your friends know that prevention is possible and help is available.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department at 870-658-2242 or 870-762-2243.


Sheriff Aubry D. Cook