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Let's Talk: Prevention Tools for Working with At-Risk Youth

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Runaway prevention specialist Lindsey Kahney delivers a presentation on tools for runaway prevention among at-risk youth, developed from the National Runaway Safeline's "Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum."

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Let's Talk: Prevention Tools for Working with At-Risk Youth

  1. 1. Let’s Talk: Prevention Tools for Working with At-Risk Youth Lindsey Kahney Prevention Specialist National Runaway Safeline
  2. 2. What do you think when you hear the term “At-Risk”?
  3. 3. Teens and Stress
  4. 4. National Runaway Safeline Mission: To Keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets
  5. 5. NRS Services 1-800-RUNAWAY • Confidential 24/7 hotline • Non-judgmental/non-directive • Trauma-informed, solution focused intervention • Conference Call and Message Service 1800runaway.org • Interactive live chat • Crisis forum and email services • Text Services – connect to hotline • Areas of Info and tips for youth, parents and educators • Comprehensive Research • Order free prevention and education materials
  6. 6. Information and Referral Services NRS maintains a national database of over 9,000 agencies and services  Emergency and long-term housing  Basic Needs – food, clothing, etc..  Transportation  Treatment – health, mental health, substance abuse
  7. 7. Home Free Program Partnership with Greyhound Lines  Reunites runaway youth 12-17 with parent/guardian  Assists runaway and homeless youth 18-21 in stabilizing themselves with supportive family member and/or independent living programs; this includes survivors of human trafficking  Identify or accept referral to local supportive services
  8. 8. Curriculum Goals:  Build life skills  Educate about alternatives to running away  Encourage youth to access and seek help from trusted community members  Increase knowledge about runaway/homeless/at- risk youth resources Audience:  Youth ages 12-20 Where is it being used:  Schools, Youth Groups, Afterschool, Youth shelters, juvenile justice services, community centers AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH
  9. 9. Download for FREE at 1800runaway.org
  10. 10. 14 Modules Communication and Listening Peers and Healthy Relationships Families – Roles and Responsibilities Runaway Reality Anger Management Community Response and Responsibility Internet Safety and Fun Sexuality & Sexual Orientation
  11. 11. Activity Review: What Flips Your Switch Allows youth to identify what are there anger triggers and how they look and feel when they are angry
  12. 12. Who’s On Your Bus? Directions: THINK about if you could fill a bus with the people in your life who are most important when it comes to making decisions about your life, who would be on that bus?
  13. 13. Activity Review: Decision Tree Assists youth in gaining problem solving skills and
  14. 14. Facilitation Tips  Establish classroom guidelines for behavior – create a safe space  Always review the module prior to facilitating – take note of the module icons  Allow youth to participate as they feel comfortable – offer different options  Consider room layout, especially for specific activities  Be a good listener, and remember silence is okay!  Be prepared for some conversations to bring up issues for some youth
  15. 15. Let’s Talk Curriculum Benefits  Can be implemented by activity, module or in its entirety – very user friendly and adaptable  Provides additional resources, worksheets and handouts for learning  Pre/Post Tests available  Can lend to leadership opportunities for youth/peer-led learning  Support life skills acquisition and prevention efforts  Can be included in service learning, as well as a complement to existing curricula  NRS offers technical assistance to all RPC users
  16. 16. Information We Collect Pre/Post Test from agencies utilizing any parts of the curriculum Group Demographic forms Satisfaction Surveys Incentives available for those returning demographic forms and/or tests
  17. 17. KIDS CALL ACTIVITY • Allows sites nationwide to welcome NRS into their group at no charge • Allows youth to ask questions and learn more about NRS services • Alleviates the anxiety of calling the hotline • Groups can even do a mock call!
  18. 18. @1800RUNAWAY National Runaway Safeline Lindsey Kahney Prevention Specialist 773.289.1723 3141 B N Lincoln Avenue Chicago IL 60657 prevention@1800RUNAWAY.org 1-800-RUNAWAY (24-hour hotline) 1800RUNAWAY.org (website)

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