LegalWays: Runaways

Lesson Duration

By Jennifer Bloom and Sally Revak

This lesson from the LegalWays curriculum helps the students understand what will happen to them if they run away.  The “Matching” activity asks them to match the terms with the definitions. The “Role-Play” activity has the students giving advice to young people contemplating running away. Although this activity reflects the procedures used in MInnesota, they are similar to procedures in other states and the student reading and guiding questions are easily adaptable.


  • Understand the function of the people involved in the juvenile protection area.
  • Learn about the legal rights and responsibilities of parents and children.
  • Understand the various ways in which the juvenile system attempts to take of care of juveniles and their families.
  • Learn where to go for help.

Time to Complete

One class period

Materials Needed


See Juvenile Protection Teaching Guide


LegalWays curriculum was funded by Grant No. 95-JS-FX-0300 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.


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