Texas Network of Youth Services
Their Future is Our Business. Our work is guided by a comprehensive systems change approach that includes policy, practice, and participation.
We advocate for funding, policies, and programs that benefit youth who are struggling, their families, and the organizations that serve them. Our professional and program development services ensure that those in the field are fully equipped to meet the complex needs of the youth and families they serve. And we challenge false perceptions of young people by working in partnership with youth to demonstrate what they are capable of when people invest in them.
January is Awareness Month, and TNOYS is shedding light on Texas’ dual crises of Commercial S*xual Exploitation of Youth (CSEY) and youth homelessness. Join our next honing in on this topic. Email [email protected] to RSVP to the town hall!
Each year, nearly 500 professionals join TNOYS’ Annual Conference to learn the latest and greatest in youth and family services. Don’t miss out on sharing your skills with caseworkers, homeless and foster care liaisons, advocates, nonprofit leaders, and others from across Texas!
Shout out to our latest renewing members, My Health My Resources of Tarrant County and Boys' Haven of America, Inc.! We appreciate your continued collaboration with TNOYS and look forward to 2024 by your side.
At TNOYS, youth voice is central to everything we do and at all levels of the organization. Earlier this month, we were excited to welcome members of TNOYS’ Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) to participate in our December Board of Directors meeting. We are incredibly grateful for our dedicated board members and all they do for TNOYS and Texas youth and young adults. Learn more about the TNOYS board at https://tnoys.org/board-of-directors-2/
Happy holidays from us at TNOYS! We will be on hiatus starting Monday, December 25 through Friday, December 29. The office will closed at this time. On Monday, January 2, 2024, we will resume our longstanding work to strengthen services and support for Texas youth and families.
We want to send a big “thank you” to the supporters who fueled TNOYS’ impact in 2023. With your help, we overcame obstacles to celebrate policy wins, launch cutting-edge training, invest in more youth and young adult partners than ever— and much more! We are especially grateful for the 120+ members in TNOYS’ network and the funders that made a difference this year. Thank you to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Episcopal Health Foundation, Journey to Success, The Hackett Center for Mental Health, the Office of the Texas Governor Child S*x Trafficking Team, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, Texas Children’s Commision, and Texas A&M University Sponsored Research Services. TNOYS has exciting initiatives planned for 2024, and there are many ways to get involved. Learn how you can support our work at tnoys.org/donate
“If a young person is preoccupied with questions of where they and their family will stay (and) how will they get their basic needs met, they are not able to fully focus on and prioritize their education and their educational success.” Read more by our very own Mary Bergeron in this insightful article from Houston Chronicle on student homelessness:
HISD is educating more homeless students — the most in nearly a decade Houston ISD is educating a growing number of homeless students, who are some of the most vulnerable children attending the largest school district in Texas.
TNOYS’ PEAKS Camp is coming up March 9-17 in Central Texas, and we’re seeking volunteers to lead camp activities for children in foster care. Support these deserving kids in the great outdoors during a traditional camp experience. Sign up by January 17th! https://www.tfaforms.com/5064147
⏱️ Time is running out! Submit your proposal to present our 41st Annual Conference. Suggested topics include every area of youth services, from research and evidence-based practices to youth voice and youth-adult partnership. Learn more here: https://www.tfaforms.com/5089295
Are you a youth or young adult who attended PEAKS Camp while in foster care? PEAKS Camp is coming up March 9 -17 in Central Texas, and we’re seeking Peer Leaders to work at camp! This position pays a stipend, and is a great way to build skills while giving back. Apply here: https://www.tfaforms.com/5101834
Last month, TNOYS kicked off new work with The Hackett Center for Mental Health and youth and young adult alums from TNOYS' YALC, TELB, and the Young Invincibles Young Advocates Program! We're excited to work together to better support the mental health needs of Houston's Opportunity Youth.
Shout-out to YALC alums Adriana, Chaz, Montoya, Daisia, and Ronald who joined TNOYS and our member Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc. on Thursday! We're excited to collaborate with Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and The Hackett Center for Mental Health to create better mental health, career, and education outcomes for young people who are disconnected from school or work.
Make a difference for youth in foster care this spring! PEAKS Camp is coming up March 9 - 17, and TNOYS is seeking volunteers to lead traditional camp activities and skill-building with campers. Learn more and apply: https://tnoys.org/peaks-camp/
Share you expertise as a presenter at our 2024 Annual Conference. As a presenter, you’ll connect with hundreds of youth-serving professionals and youth leaders. Our call for proposals closes January 8, don’t delay: https://www.tfaforms.com/5089295
Set your organization up for success in 2024 by joining the TNOYS network! From access to our members-only portal to special discounts for our trainings, there are plenty of benefits to ensure you and your team are prepared for the year ahead: https://tnoys.org/become-a-member/
Homelessness too often puts young Texans at risk of Commercial S*xual Exploitation (CSE). TNOYS has released a new manual to support the dedicated service providers that are on the frontlines of this crisis. Join us to combat CSEY throughout Texas: https://t.co/aQHrYZC6Ra
Shout out to our recently renewed members including SAFE, LifeWorks Austin, Montrose Grace Place, Central Texas Table of Grace, and The Samaritan Inn! We appreciate your continued collaboration with TNOYS and look forward to entering 2024 by your side.
is a special opportunity to build a future where all youth and young adults can thrive. Donate today to invest in youth and young adults who are experiencing or at-risk of situations like homelessness, child welfare involvement, and justice involvement. Your gift will help power TNOYS' work to advocate for systems-change, amplify the voices of youth and invest in them as leaders, and much more: http://tnoys.org/donate
🚨NEW RESOURCE:🚨 Did you know that homelessness puts many youth and young adults at risk of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE)? Learn more in our latest manual that uncovers this crisis along with steps to address and prevent it. We're incredibly grateful to the Office of the Governor Greg Abbott Child S*x Trafficking Team, Texas Center for the Judiciary, and over 120 youth, youth adults, and youth-serving providers who supported and informed this work:https://tnoys.org/wp-content/uploads/CSEY_Manual_2024.pdf
We are still searching for a Partnerships Manager and Grants and Finance Administrator. Please visit our website (http://tnoys.org/jobs) to read more about the roles and how to apply!
Youth homelessness impacts a wide range of Texas young people, from students to those involved in the child welfare system. Data show that:
– Approx. 100,00+ Texas primary school students experience homelessness
– 31-46% of youth who age out of foster care experience homelessness before age 26
– 25% of YYA in Texas experiencing homelessness have experienced commercial sexual exploitation (CSE)
During and throughout the year, TNOYS is grateful to the members and youth and young adult partners who are working to strengthen systems for youth experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. Learn more information and resources at: tnoys.org/youth-homelessness-resources/
Are you a professional at a Texas youth-serving organization with student debt? Apply now for the Loan Repayment Program for Mental Health Professionals and get up to $160,000 awarded if eligible. Learn more on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website: http://www.hhloans.com/index.cfm?objectid=E27A2130-C7DC-11EC-B45B0050560100A9
Join the TNOYS network of over 100 youth-serving organizations and professionals and receive dozens of benefits, including free and discounted training and technical assistance, $150 off Annual Conference registration, subscription to the member bulletin, and free access to the TNOYS member portal - host to over 90 CEU-eligible recorded trainings. Learn more and join today: https://bit.ly/tnoysmember
In October, TNOYS was excited to onboard the next cohort of our Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) 🎉TNOYS' YYA partners join us to build change in youth-serving systems, and we invite YOU to be part of their supporting their journeys! Donate today to invest in these young people and support TNOYS’ youth engagement programming: https://tnoys.org/donate
Did you know that TNOYS is on Twitter & Instagram? Check us out and give us a follow there. You can find links to all of our social media channels and more on our our link tree page here:
TNOYS | Instagram | Linktree Strengthening, supporting, and protecting critical services for youth in Texas.
TNOYS’ member network comprises over 120 organizations and individuals that are making a difference for youth and young adults across Texas. Read below to learn more from some of our members about their experiences! For more information on how to join, visit our website: https://tnoys.org/become-a-member/
“TNOYS has contributed to my growth, including emotional healing… made me feel as if my voice is important.” The ’22-’23 YALC cohort gave final presentations reflecting on their growth in the program and vision for the future! We’re so proud of them and excited to see their success ahead.
TNOYS’ 41st Annual Conference on Services to Youth and Families would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and exhibitors! By sponsoring and/or exhibiting at this year’s conference, you will not only support TNOYS’ youth voice and youth engagement initiatives but also gain significant exposure and recognition for your business. Check out the ways you can support the conference here: https://tnoys.org/2024-annual-conference/ -or-exhibit
Many of Texas’ systems-impacted or at-risk youth and young adults face significant challenges when it comes to health care. With generous support from Episcopal Health Foundation, TNOYS explored this topic in our latest brief, Equitable Healthcare for Youth and Young Adults. Read our insights:https://tnoys.org/wp-content/uploads/TNOYS_Healthcarebrief.pdf
TNOYS invites YOU to share your expertise at our 41st Annual Conference next summer. With an estimated 400+ attendees, the conference is a great opportunity to create an impact on systems across Texas. Submit your workshop proposal by January 8, 2024. https://tnoys.org/2024-annual-conference/
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