Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum

About This Program

Target Population: Youth aged 12-18

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 18

Program Overview

The Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum is a free 14-module life skill curriculum.

The curriculum can be used in its entirety or as individual 45-minute modules. It includes the companion film, 1-800-RUNAWAY.

It can be accessed via download from the National Runaway Safeline website (www.1800runaway.org/educators/curriculum) or by CD-ROM upon request.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are:

  • Build life skills
  • Increase knowledge about runaway resources and prevention
  • Educate about alternatives to running away
  • Encourage youth to access and seek help from trusted community members

Essential Components

The essential components of the Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum are:

  • Group curriculum with a recommended group size of 10-15 youth
  • Curriculum covers 14 life areas:
    • Communication & Listening
    • Adolescent Development
    • Personal Influence
    • Peers & Healthy Relationships
    • Family Roles & Responsibilities
    • Runaway Reality
    • National Safe Connections
    • Community Response & Responsibility
    • Anger Management
    • Stress Reduction
    • Drugs & Alcohol
    • Sexuality & Sexual Orientation
    • Internet Safety
    • Future Life Planning
  • The collection of easy-to-use modules combine to provide a one-of-a-kind curriculum that addresses the issues of runaway youth and is intended to affect change in future run episodes.

Program Delivery

Child/Adolescent Services

Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Youth that may be struggling with issues that pertain to any of the fourteen modules and/or youth that may have contemplated running away

Recommended Intensity:

Weekly 45-minute sessions

Recommended Duration:

14 weeks

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Community Agency
  • Residential Care Facility
  • School

Homework

This program does not include a homework component.

Languages

Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum has materials available in a language other than English:

Spanish

For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • Room/space
  • Facilitator
  • Ability to make copies for worksheets and handouts
  • String, poster paper (optional), and markers/pens for youth to use for some activities

Education and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

There are no minimum educational requirements for providing this curriculum, anyone can use it.

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

"Train the Trainer" training can be obtained by contacting National Runaway Safeline.

Number of days/hours:

3-5 hours

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum.

Contact Information

Lindsey Kahney, MPH
Agency/Affiliation: National Runaway Safeline
Website: www.1800runaway.org/educators/curriculum
Email:
Phone: (773) 289-1723
Fax: (773) 929-5150

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: January 2011