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November is Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month

November is Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month (HYAM). Help raise awareness about youth homelessness.

Homeless and runaway youth are deeply in need of resources and opportunities but do not always have access to those resources.

1 in 10 young adults ages 18-25, and at least 1 in 30 adolescents ages 13-17, experience some form of homelessness over the course of a year. It is estimated that, nationwide, there are over 4,000 youth experiencing homeless every night; coming from every life circumstance and sharing an experience of home environments that are unsafe and unhealthy.

To make a positive impact, families and communities must understand the dynamics and challenges that contribute to youth homelessness and secure access to opportunities and resources that could lead youth to safe, healthy, and stable pathways.

Here are some ways you can help:


Green light Campaign

We invite agencies and businesses in our community to participate by featuring green lighting at their location any day(s) in November This is a fun and easy way for you to get involved and raise awareness. If you are interested in participating, please email our Outreach Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sidewalk Chalk Paint Day

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 PM
Location: Weberstown Mall (main entrance sidewalks) 4950 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95207

Youth and youth services providers are invited to express, through chalk art, their thoughts and feelings in regard to the struggles and challenges of homeless and at-risk youth.


Did you know? The cost of a one night family restaurant meal ($50 or more) is equivalent to a week's worth of food for homeless youth.

Support WCYFS’ services and shelters to keep homeless and runaway youth safe. Donate Now!


Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for daily news, tips, and resources. To help raise awareness share our posts and use the hashtags #WCYFS #HYAM2021 and #NRPM2021


Invite us to speak at your business or organization about our programs and services. Those interested please fill out the WCYFS Presentation Request.

Need Help? Call our Youth 24-Hour Helpline at (209) 948-1911.

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