November is National Runaway Prevention Month, and supporting the month’s aim to increase awareness about runaway prevention is becoming increasingly important.
It is estimated that 2.5 Million children experience homelessness each year. That’s equal to 1 out of every 30 children. And as the infographic below shows, 550,000 young people are homeless for longer than 1 week.
Even temporary homelessness can have disastrous long-term consequences, as students who experience homelessness are most likely to drop out before they graduate from high school. We know that youth homelessness is correlated with sexual violence, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and that 1 out of 5 homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.
The infographic below, made by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, paints a clear picture of how youth homelessness is intertwined with sexual violence.
Through a new report from the National Center on Family Homelessness, we also have a clearer idea of where youth homelessness is most often occurring and of the conditions that lead to it. The report ranks states by the well-being of their children, their risks for child homelessness, and their policy efforts to prevent and address the needs of homeless youth.
If the infographic below, NCFH’s report, and this article from the Washington Post inspire you to want to do something, then turn to the National Runaway Safeline for 10 easy ways you can support National Runaway Prevention Month.