HELP of Southern Nevada, a local non-profit that assists families and individuals throughout Southern Nevada overcome barriers to attain self-sufficiency, recognizes November as National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). According to a study from Voices of Youth Count and Chapin Hall, 4.2 million young people, age 13-24, experience some sort of homelessness, such as couch surfing, sleeping on the streets, or staying in shelters, in the course of a year. National Runaway Prevention Month is designed to raise awareness and “Shine a Light” on the experiences of runaway and homeless youth that too often remains invisible.
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen new hardships materialize around Southern Nevada. It is without a doubt, that many households are experiencing losses, causing many families and teens to be without homes and education services,” said HELP of Southern of Nevada Chief Community Relations Officer / Fund Development, Abby Quinn. “In 2019 alone, 82% of homeless unaccompanied youth were unsheltered on any given night. HELP of Southern Nevada, as well as other organizations, are rallying together throughout the month to show America’s runaway and homeless youth that they are not invisible, they are not alone, and help is available.”
Leveraging the theme of “Shine a Light,” National Runaway Prevention Month highlights the resources available to support young people in times of hardship. HELP of Southern Nevada’s Shannon West Homeless Youth Center provides supportive housing, new beginnings, and healthy living for youth that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. While providing teens with services and essential items, the Center also offers training to further their education, employment, social and life skills that are needed when overcoming barriers and attaining self-sufficiency.
By creating a safe and accepting home environment where teens are encouraged to be honest, the likelihood of them running away may be reduced or prevented. For more information and to learn about how to support the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center visit https://bit.ly/3leBkSZ.