Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum
About This Program
Target Population: Youth aged 12-18
For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 18
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.
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
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.
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
Weekly 45-minute sessions
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider
- Group or Residential Care
- School Setting (Including: Day Care, Day Treatment Programs, etc.)
This program does not include a homework component.
Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum has materials available in a language other than English:
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:
- 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 deliver this program, and there is training available for this program.
- Brittany Mabry, Training and Education Manager
phone: (773) 289-1724
Training is obtained:
"Train the Trainer" training can be obtained by contacting National Runaway Safeline.
Number of days/hours:
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum.
No reference materials are currently available for Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2015
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2019
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: January 2011