YFA Celebrates National Runaway Prevention Month


During National Runaway Prevention Month, YFA celebrates the work of our staff at The G.W. Harris, Jr. Runaway and Youth Crisis Shelter, The New Beginnings Youth Shelter and The RAP House.  These shelters serves the youth of Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Sumter Counties in West Central Florida.  Open 24/7, the staff ensure that our runaway youth are provided a "safe place." Last year, our three shelters helped over 775 youth who were in need of shelter. 

In addition to our dedicated staff, all three shelters have a core of committed volunteers who provide meals, cash donations, fund raising events and other support as needed.

According to their website, "National Runaway Prevention Month is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and National Network for Youth (NN4Y). The goals of NRPM are two-fold: 1) To raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face and 2) To educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in ending youth homelessness."

Let us know if you would like to be involved or would like more information about our youth crisis shelters.