87th Texas Legislature

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87th Legislative Session: TNOYS Legislative Agenda

TNOYS collaborated with young people and youth-serving providers to build a comprehensive policy agenda in 2020. Our team hosted listening sessions with hundreds of youth-serving providers and young people to learn about gaps in support and recommendations.

This feedback influenced TNOYS’ policy agenda for the 87th Texas Legislative Session. Our 14 priorities recommend funding, policies, and programs to strengthen and support our seven system areas.

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Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II (recommending an increase in funding in the DFPS budget for Prevention and Early Intervention services), March 2, 2021:

Testimony to House Human Services Committee in support of HB 700, March 23, 2021:


TNOYS’ Week of Action for Youth includes a week of opportunities and activities for youth, young adults, and members to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of TNOYS’ 14 policy priorities for the 87th Texas Legislative Session.

#TNOYSTownHall: Strengthening Youth Services Through Policy Advocacy

To kick off week of action, join us for the next #TNOYSTownHall on Twitter to advocate for important policy priorities. The town hall will convene members and stakeholders to raise awareness about their policy advocacy and elevate important legislation.

  • On Tuesday, March 30, please log on to Twitter at 4:00 p.m., and follow TNOYS here.
  • Over the course of an hour, TNOYS will tweet these 10 questions about how policy advocacy can create change for Texas’ youth and young adults.
  • We invite you to share your own insights, priorities, and advocacy work.
  • Please email apolk@tnoy.org to RSVP. We will follow-up with a calendar invite, more information on how to participate, and the town hall questions.
Virtual Legislative Visits During Week of Action for Youth

Join us March 29 – April 2 for virtual visits to advocate on behalf of funding, services, and supports for Texas’ young people. TNOYS is facilitating visits with legislative offices that will include member organizations and members of our Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC).

Legislative visits will take place throughout the Week of Action for Youth.
Please sign up here if you are interested in participating. TNOYS will work around your schedule to arrange visits with legislators, and we’ll follow up with details about scheduling. Please email lrose@tnoys.org with questions.