Saturday, June 24th, 2017

November is National Runaway Prevention Month

Posted: Friday, October 23, 2015

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County in partnership with Indiana Youth Services Association, Huntington University, Huntington County Community Schools, Victory Noll Center and the National Runaway Safeline will be hosting the screening of The Homestretch documentary to kick off National Runaway Prevention Month.

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers will surprise, inspire and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. These teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care and LGBTQ rights.

The Homestretch will be shown on Wednesday October 28, in Longaker Hall in the lower level of the Merillat Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Huntington University. The screening will occur from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion. The panel will be comprised of representatives from local agencies and organizations that provide services to youth in Huntington County. A brief question and answer period will follow the panel discussion. The event is open to the public and no registration is required. School counselors, teachers, healthcare workers, youth pastors and youth workers are encouraged to attend.

Audience members will be encouraged to show their support for National Runaway Prevention Month through other activities being offered by the Youth Services Bureau during the month of November. Visit the agency’s website www.ysbofhuntingtonco.org or check out the information on Facebook. For more information about local National Runaway Prevention Month and activities, contact Stephen Ward or Jan Williams at the Youth Services Bureau at (260) 356-9681. Email questions to s.ward@ysbofhuntingotnco.org.