Thank you for another great Youth in Action Capitol Day!

A BIG thank you to all of the youth groups that joined us for our 2015 Youth in Action Capitol Day!  We had over 250 youth visit the Capitol to speak out on issues that are important to them. After a great keynote presentation by youth presenter, Gavin DeGrate, youth presented on their issues of… Read more »

Sunset Legislation Update

Senate Bills 200, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 210, 211, 212, and 219 have been filed to complete the proposed consolidation of the five health and human services agencies and various councils. For a complete listing of senate and house sunset legislation, go to this link: Update—As of March 18, 2015 – Senator Nelson… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Sunset Legislation

The Sunset legislation is the result of five separate reports, each for one of the five health and human service agencies, published by the Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC) from August to December 2014. The purpose of the SAC’s staff review was to determine if the five health and human services agencies’ mission are still needed… Read more »

Legislative Update: Bills Pertaining to Youth Services

In legislation news, a collection of bills resulting from recommendation from the Sunset Advisory Commission that would change and further consolidate health and human service agencies were filed earlier this month. Senator Jane Nelson, R- Flower Mound, who also is the Senate Finance chairwoman, filed Senate Bill (SB) 200 that transforms the Health and Human… Read more »

Call to Action: Call Senator Cornyn and Tell Him to Support Homeless Youth!

There is nothing partisan or controversial about supporting outreach, crisis services and housing for America’s homeless youth.  In fact, providing these supports and services saves lives, prevents further trauma, and reconnects families.  This is what we need you to say to Senator Cornyn when you call him.  Tell him to support S. 262, the Runaway… Read more »

Welcome April to the TNOYS team!

Please help us in welcoming April Ferrino to the TNOYS team. We are thrilled she has joined us as our new Senior Policy and Evaluation Specialist. In her new role, April will help lead our advocacy efforts, evaluate our initiatives, and work with our members across the state to strengthen their programs through evaluation and… Read more »

Legislative Session is in Full Swing – Join us for a legislative primer and update webinar March 11th!

It has been a very busy month as the 84th Texas Legislative Session is in full swing. Since session began, TNOYS board members, staff and member agency representatives have attended hearings, testified before committees and visited legislative offices in support of youth services and programs. TNOYS is monitoring bill filing and tracking bills that could… Read more »

What in the World is TIP? How Can it Help our Youth & Programs?

By Laquinton Wagner, TNOYS Youth Consultant and Co-Chair of the Transition Age Youth and Families Initiative’s Youth Council From January 27th-29th, TNOYS hosted the first series of TIP Model Trainings in Houston for the Transition Age Youth and Families (TAYF) Initiative. Our guest speaker was TNOYS’ friend Marc Fagan with the Transition to Independence Process… Read more »

Update on Federal Legislation and Advocacy Opportunities

As we are gearing up for the 84th Texas Regular Legislative Session in January, it’s easy to forget that there are also important policy changes being made at the federal level. Our partners at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) have asked us to get involved in advocacy on… Read more »