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Runaway Services at PathWays PA and Beyond

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, which means it is the perfect time to remind everyone of PathWays PA's Basic Center Program (BCP).

The BCP is a community-based residential facility located in West Philadelphia that provides runaway prevention and intervention services for teen girls who have runaway, are homeless or are at risk of being a runaway and/or homeless youth. Five clients, aged 13-17 years, may reside at the Basic Center Program at any given time. The BCP is also now offering an after-school drop-in program for residents and non-residents. The teen lounge will be available for girls ages 13-17 in Philadelphia on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Teen girls can get homework help, a snack, sign up for support and life skills groups or just hang out. To learn more about the Basic Center Program, please contact the Basic Center at 215-397-4287.

As the winter sets in and the temperatures turn cold, remember that America’s youth need safe shelter. Now is the time to urge our Federal Senators to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act. This essential bill provides youth with services, including street outreach, drop-in centers for youth, and most importantly with snow falling--beds!

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