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Mayor Kirk Caldwell issues a Proclamation recognizing November as National Runaway Prevention Month

Left to right: Sarah Combs, program manager at Waikiki Health, Managing Director Roy K. Amemiya Jr. and Alika Campbell, program coordinator at Hale Kipa.

This year, Honolulu Hale will be lit green from November 8-14 to recognize National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) in Hawaii. Mayor Kirk Caldwell has issued a City & County of Honolulu Proclamation recognizing November as National Runaway Prevention Month to help raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis.

“Homelessness is an issue that affects everyone from our kupuna to our keiki,” City & County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a statement announcing the proclamation.  “It’s up to all of us to help create an environment where our keiki can thrive. Even if they may feel alone, there are so many who love them and care for them. We should all think about what each one of us can do to help prevent children from running away, and to help those organizations that work to take care of them and provide a loving home.”

The theme of NRPM 2018 is “Shine a Light.”  You can add a frame to your Facebook profile picture during November to help you show your support for runaway and homeless youth by visiting https://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes and searching “National Runaway Prevention Month.” Choose a Shine a Light frame and select the end of November to “switch back to previous profile picture” and click “use as profile picture.”

For other ways to get involved, visit the National Runaway Safeline website. The nonprofit organization offers a 24/7 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline and online services at 1800runaway.org.

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