By Quibian Salazar-Moreno

      While haters continually attack the music of Ludacris, others are recognizing the good and giving him rewards. The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) have awarded Ludacris and The Ludacris Foundation the 2007 Spirit of Youth Award for his song “Runaway Love” and the work his charity does with the NRS.

      "Since Ludacris and The Ludacris Foundation have been involved, we have experienced a 50 percent increase in calls to our hotline, and the number of visitors to our Web site has increased more than 60 percent," said Maureen Blaha, NRS executive director.

       "I am extremely happy my association with the National Runaway Switchboard has had a positive impact on reaching out to runaways and potential runaways. When I wrote the song, I wanted young people to know running away from their problems is not the answer and that they did not have to face every problem alone," said Ludacris.

      The National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth.