Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, joined with members of the Nassau County Department of Human Services, the Family and Children’s Association (FCA) and the Long Island Crisis Center, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola on Thursday, Nov. 11, to proclaim November Runaway Prevention Month in Nassau. The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Building was lit green, in an effort to raise awareness on the issue of teenage runaways.
“I’d like to thank everyone from the Family and Children’s Association and the Long Island Crisis Center for joining us here as we proclaim November Runaway Prevention Month here in Nassau County,” said County Executive Mangano. “Statistics show that more than 4,000 youths run away from home, are thrown out, or pushed out of their homes each year in Nassau County. That’s why it’s important that we, not only raise awareness of this crisis and of the issues that young people face, but also to educate the public on solutions for ending youth homelessness.”
In October 2002, President Bush hosted the landmark White House Conference on Exploited and Runaway Children where leaders across the nation convened to discuss the challenges related to runaway youth that our nation must face today. What once was known as National Runaway Prevention Week was expanded into a month long prevention and awareness campaign observed in November.
The national initiative includes a “Greenlight Campaign,” whereby individuals and organizations can show support and awareness of runaway youth issues by installing a green light bulb. The Nassau County Office of Youth Services will be distributing green light bulbs and wrist bands to community members, businesses and at Runaway Training Events and Open Houses.
For information on teenage runaway prevention initiatives, please contact: Keith Gerber, Coordinator of Runaway/Homeless Youth Services, at 516-227-7127. To access emergency shelter, contact Family & Children’s Association’s Nassau Haven at 516-221-1310 or for 24/7 assistance call the Long Island Crisis Center‘s Runaway Hotline at 516-679-1111.