Photo from left to right: Kent Anderson, Chief High Risk Services Officer at Waikiki Health; Sarah Combs, Program Manager at Waikiki Health; Georgette Deemer, deputy managing director at the City and County of Honolulu; Deborah Smith, Youth Outreach Supervisor at Hale Kipa; and Jaque Kelley-Uyeoka, Deputy CEO of Hale Kipa.
Hale Kipa and Waikiki Health joined the City and County of Honolulu yesterday afternoon to recognize Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) with an official proclamation for the month of November.
NRPM has been recognized since 2002 to raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face; and to educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in ending youth homelessness. An estimated 1.6-2.8 million youth run away in the U.S. each year.
Since 1989, Hale Kipa and Waikiki Health have worked together to offer an array of services to Oahu’s runaway, homeless and street-identified youth and young adults through the Youth Outreach (YO!) drop-in center in Waikiki, which also provides street outreach, case management and health services.
The theme of NRPM this year is “Friends Helping Friends.” The National Runaway Safeline offers a 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline and online services via 1800RUNAWAY.org
Hale Kipa staff also recognized NRPM’s Wear Green Day on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and Honolulu Hale displayed green lights in recognition of NRPM from November 13-17.
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