Posts By: Sondra Lehmann

Big Wins in the Texas Legislature for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

As the 86th Texas Legislative Session winds down, we are excited to report that it has produced some important policy changes that will have a big impact for youth. TNOYS’ legislative agenda for this session addressed multiple issues, including increasing foster care reimbursement rates, strengthening the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program for youth transitioning… Read more »

Building Alliances Runaway Prevention Training is Coming to TNOYS Annual Conference

This spring, TNOYS and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) co-hosted the training session “Building Alliances with Youth to Prevent Runaway and Other Challenging Behaviors” in three cities across Texas. Young adults with experience in the foster care system and youth currently in care helped present much of the material on how… Read more »

Safety Nets Mini-Grants Are Making a Difference in Gulf Coast Schools and Communities

TNOYS and our partners Texas Homeless Network, and Texas Homeless Education Office have been hard at work moving the Safety Nets for Students and Families project forward, hosting 20 training events and awarding over $600,000 in grant funding during the past school year. It is all part of an effort to support schools and community-based organizations in… Read more »

Member Spotlight: Our Friends Place

Our Friends Place has been in operation in Dallas for just over 30 years, helping young women in its transitional living centers (TLC) learn the self-reliance and life skills they need to lead successful adult lives. Now, thanks to a new non-residential outreach and education program launched two years ago, the organization is bringing the… Read more »

33rd Annual PEAKS Camp Teaches Youth and Adults Valuable Lessons

For over 30 years, PEAKS Adventure Camp has provided an opportunity for teens in foster care to have a traditional camp experience, learning to overcome challenges and build partnerships with adults as they prepare to enter adulthood. This year, a last-minute budget shortfall threatened to keep TNOYS from hosting PEAKS Camp, but thanks to a… Read more »

TNOYS Executive Director Joins NN4Y Board of Directors

TNOYS and our members are proud to have led many statewide efforts here in Texas to combat youth homelessness, from conducting the Youth Count! Texas survey to launching Texas’ Statewide Workgroup for Youth Homelessness. But it’s critical that we are also plugged in to efforts at the national level, to ensure that we stay abreast… Read more »

Professionals and Youth Collaborate at First Statewide Workgroup for Youth Homelessness

The new Statewide Workgroup on Youth Homelessness kicked off its first meeting on October 4, providing a space for state agencies, statewide organizations, and local entities to collaborate on efforts to strengthen services and supports for Texas’ homeless youth. Although the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless addresses the issue of homelessness broadly, there has… Read more »