National Runaway Safeline

\"\"

Max N. is the February 2023 Volunteer of the Month

NRS friends and supporters may remember 2022 NRPM Award winner Max Neri, who was honored for his involvement in his own community as a NRPM Youth Ambassador. Max is now being recognized by the NRS staff as the Volunteer of the Month!  

 

When the school year began in fall of 2021, Max started looking for ways to volunteer in ways that were more personal and socioemotional, hoping to form more personal connections with young people looking for help. Lucky for Max, these types of connections came from supporting young people, and from working alongside NRS staff members, who he found surprisingly helpful. “At NRS I know that changing is happening because I’m talking directly with people and I can see it happen.” 

 

Through his journey volunteering with NRS, Max has noticed an uptick of young people experiencing peer and social issues. “One thing that I found a little bit interesting, particularly after COVID, is that sometimes I’ll ask youth ‘have you talked to anyone about this,’ and the youth will say, ‘I Don’t have any friends.’ A lot of youth had a whole year or two out of the school setting, so they couldn’t make new friends and new connections. If you have a home environment that isn’t comforting, that can make it hard to transition back into the school setting.”  

 

Max prefers to advocacy work that is focused on mental health and social wellbeing. He is a member of his school’s psychology club, where there is a large focus on crisis prevention and spreading awareness about mental health services offered by his school. This includes sharing positive affirmations and mental health tips through morning announcements, or expressing the importance of taking advantage of the council program available in his school. 

 

Outside of mental health advocacy, Max serves as a member of DECA, a business fraternity that strives to help young people channel their ambitions into achievements. Through each summer, Max works part-time at an urgent care clinic, where he is able to use skills he’s learned from volunteering at NRS. “NRS has definitely supplied me with a lot of social intelligence skills and compassion and learning how to listen. When you have a role like that, it’s easy to forget the person element and that you’re talking to a real human being. NRS has reminded his to keep the human element in mind in all interactions. The iCarol software also helped me easily transition to the client logging software used at the clinic.”  

 

Max’s favorite hobbies are reading and writing, and he likes writing ideas for novels and screenplays. Even though he hasn’t written a full screenplay or novel, he appreciates having a relaxing creative outlet. Too keep track of his own mental health, Max likes to journal. At the end of every day he will write out a recap of events and emotion, making sure to cap each entry with what could make tomorrow a better day.  

Share This Post

Recent Posts

January 2024 Volunteer of the Month

The National Runaway Safeline is thrilled to announce Jackie Barron as the January 2024 volunteer of the month. Jackie’s path to volunteering with NRS was paved with empathy and a desire to make a positive impact. Growing up in a challenging family environment, Jackie often found herself in the “fixer” role (having a keen sense of responsibility, often prioritizing the needs of other before her own), even at a young age. This understanding of adversity and resilience led her to seek out opportunities to give back, ultimately leading her to NRS.

Activating Connections to Prevent Human Trafficking

As we step into a new year, January holds more than the promise of resolutions. It’s a clarion call to confront a pervasive crisis: Human Trafficking Awareness Month. This presidentially designated annual awareness campaign, led by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), unites youth-facing service providers and communities through education about human trafficking and the roles we all play in protecting vulnerable youth. The 2024 theme, “Activate Connections to Prevent Human Trafficking,” is a stark reminder: This fight isn’t for the solitary hero. It’s a collective struggle, demanding connections that safeguard and uplift those at risk or already ensnared in human trafficking’s grip.

December 2023 Volunteer of the Month

It’s not often that a nonprofit organization is lucky enough to have long-term volunteers. Fortunately, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has been working with John P., our December 2023 Volunteer of the Month, for more than 12 years! John finds that volunteering provides a “meaningful connection with the human experience.” He recognizes something special in helping those in need and wonders why more people aren’t drawn to the fulfilling world of volunteering.

Scroll to Top

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the NRS website. 

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the NRS website.