Family and Children's Association (FCA)

Mangano Announces November as Runaway Awareness Month

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Mineola, NY, November 10th, 2017 – In recognition of National Runaway Prevention Month, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Department of Human Services, Office of Youth Services are partnering with Family and Children’s Association and Long Island Crisis Center to raise awareness concerning Runaway and Homeless Youth in Nassau County.

In October 2002, President Bush hosted the landmark White House Conference on Exploited and Runaway Children where leaders across the country 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.

In 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano commemorated National Runaway Prevention Month with a lighting ceremony where the dome of the County Executive Office at 1550 Franklin Avenue was illuminated with green lightbulbs.

County Executive Mangano stated, “ Nassau County is committed to working on behalf of runaway, homeless and street youth to ensure their rights to be safe, healthy and prepared for the future.”

FCA President/CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, said of NRPM, “Each day, a young person shows up at the steps of FCA’s emergency youth shelter with no place to go. Many have fled an abusive home, many are struggling with substance use and all are looking for a fresh start. FCA is here for Long Island’s runaway/homeless youth and the success stories that come as a result of FCA’s programs as youth ultimately transition to Walkabout or back to a safer home environment give every indication that more support and funding must be prioritized to keep Long Island youth safe and on a path to success.”

In support of National Runaway Prevention Month, Nassau County is planning the following events:

  • Media Coverage- We will approach multiple media outlets to request inclusion in publications to increase awareness and describe services available for Runaway Youth.
  • November 14, 2017 – Nassau County Youth Board, Board of Directors meeting will be held at Family and Children’s Association who operates Nassau County’s Emergency Shelter (Nassau Haven and Transitional Living Program (Walkabout )
  • November 8, 2017 – We will be conducting an Open House at Nassau County’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Emergency Shelter (Nassau Haven) for schools and Youth Workers.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact: Keith Gerber, Coordinator, Runaway/Homeless Youth Services, Nassau County Department of Human Services, Office of Youth Services, 60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd. Suite 220, Uniondale, NY 11553 (516) 227-7127

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