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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Network for Youth (NN4Y), the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that advocates for the needs of runaway and homeless youth and works to strengthen families, is partnering with country singer Adrianna Freeman to use her powerful new single “Just A Girl” as a theme song. An accompanying music video will be shown on NN4Y’s website.

Written by Bart Butler and Karyn Rochelle, “Just A Girl” paints a cautionary portrait of a neglected child whose father abandoned her, and is now being raised by a substance-abusing mother. It is just one example of the kind of dysfunctional family environment that can cause many children to run away.

“The majority of youth who are homeless either run away or are kicked out of their home,” said Darla Bardine, Policy Director for NN4Y. “These youth leave home because they are being abused or they do not feel valued; not because they are bad kids or want to party with their friends. We believe ‘Just A Girl’ offers a powerful message about the importance of love and safety in every child’s life.”

“We are all products of our environment, especially children,” Freeman added. “Hopefully, ‘Just A Girl’ will bring awareness to how parents’ decisions can have long-term effects on their children’s emotional health.”

The music video depicts a troubled home life in which a young girl’s mother is passed out “with a bottle by her head” and, at other times, brings home boyfriends. “She wishes one of them could love her, but they don’t stay long enough,” Freeman sings. Through it all, we catch glimpses of the singer as a guardian angel, dressed in white, protecting the child from things she is not old enough to understand.

“Just A Girl” is being played on a growing number of radio stations and has received enthusiastic response from programmers and listeners. Music critic Chuck Dauphin wrote on the country music website Roughtstock.com that “Just A Girl” has “dramatic power.”

“Just A Girl” is the first single to be released by Freeman’s independent record label, AFM Entertainment, Inc. It will be included on a new EP that is expected to be released this fall. Meanwhile, Freeman is continuing to promote her current debut album “Either You Do or You Don’t,” which was produced by Teddy Gentry of the Grammy Award-winning country music group Alabama.

The National Network for Youth is working so that Congress does not forget the faces and voices of homeless and exploited children as they make critical budget decisions for Fiscal Year 2014. These young people are survivors who will continue to suffer without a bed, a safe place to call home, and a connection with someone who loves them, unless we intervene.

Contact:
FRED ANDERSON (Adrianna Freeman) 818-877-3065
DARLA BARDINE (National Network for Youth) 202-783-7949

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Darla Bardine

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June 24, 2013

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