Posts By: Sondra Lehmann

Member Spotlight: THRU Project

THRU Project, TNOYS’ newest member organization, was created after CEO Elaine Andries Hartle saw personally the lack of mentorship available to youth aging out of foster care to help them navigate the realities of adult life. “In my efforts to help my own teenage foster sons I learned about the resources available to them and… Read more »

TNOYS’ New Young Adult Leadership Council Elevates Youth Voice in TNOYS’ Work

In early September, TNOYS kicked off the first in-person meeting of our new Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC), the latest in our efforts to elevate youth voice in our work and within the organizations in our network. The initial membership of the YALC includes eight youth and young adults from TNOYS member organizations, who traveled… Read more »

First-Ever Leading Through Change Conference Provides Important Training for Nonprofit Executives

For several years, TNOYS has heard from our members and others that there simply are not enough opportunities for high-level leadership training and professional development in the nonprofit sector. In an effort to meet that need, TNOYS partnered with the RGK Center and St. David’s Church to host the first-ever Leading Through Change conference last week… Read more »

TNOYS’ Policy Director Leads Efforts to Improve Support for Transition-Age Foster Youth

We know that there is a lot of room for improvement when it comes to preparing foster youth in Texas for the transition to adulthood – youth who have aged out of the system disproportionately suffer from homelessness, unemployment, criminal involvement, and many other challenges. SB 1758, passed during the 2017 Texas Legislative Session, is… Read more »

New Rebuild Texas Fund Grants Will Allow TNOYS to Address Post-Harvey Youth Homelessness

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey hitting the Texas Gulf Coast, youth and their families in the area are continuing to feel the effects of the devastating storm. One of the most persistent challenges is homelessness, with many of those who were displaced still living without permanent, stable housing. We know that… Read more »

New Grant Allows El Buen Samaritano to Enhance Services to Latina Teens

Research shows that more than half of Latina girls get pregnant before age twenty and that teen pregnancy in Texas is predicted to continue increasing due to projected population growth of Latino adolescents. As an organization devoted to addressing the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Latino and other families in Central Texas, TNOYS member… Read more »

TNOYS’ 35th Annual Conference Enhanced by Focus on Youth Voice

Because youth voice is critical to TNOYS’ work, we have always included youth presenters at our Annual Conference, and we began inviting youth to participate alongside professional attendees two years ago. At our 35th Annual Conference, which took place in Houston last week, we wanted to take that participation even further and make it a… Read more »

How TNOYS’ Consulting Services Helped Three Organizations Reach a Common Goal

Thanks to our network of organizations and leaders across the state, TNOYS has access to incredible expertise for strengthening youth services programming and administrative functions. In our effort to support youth services organizations so they are best able to serve our state’s young people, we share our expertise with organizations who need it through our… Read more »

Member Spotlight: Houston reVision

Houston reVision has been working since 2011 to end the school to prison pipeline in the Houston area through a combination of mentoring, outreach and community activities. While the bulk of their work has been with youth in the juvenile justice system, like many other providers they have increasingly encountered youth that are also simultaneously… Read more »