UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAININGS

Webinar: Coping with Holiday Stress
presented by Erin Riquelme, MS, OTR/L

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Virtual webinar

TNOYS and Superior Health Plan are offering this webinar to help participants identify stress that foster children may feel during holidays and to recognize the signs of grief, sadness and loss. The course also teaches supportive counseling and ways to create a healthy environment for holiday events. CEUs will be offered. Click here to register.


 
Statewide Workgroup on Youth Homelessness Meeting

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LifeWorks East, 835 N Pleasant Valley Road, Austin, TX 78702

Join us for the second meeting of the new Statewide Workgroup on Youth Homelessness, organized by TNOYS, Texas Appleseed, and the Texas Homeless Education Office. The workgroup facilitates collaboration between state agencies, statewide organizations, and local efforts to strengthen services and supports for Texas’ homeless youth. This second meeting of the new workgroup will include updates on statewide and local initiatives to address youth homelessness and discussion on agenda items and advocacy opportunities for the upcoming legislative session. Please click here to RSVP.


Strengthening Collaboration for Homeless Students and Families

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 9:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

803 Pine Street, Victoria, Texas 77901

Join the Safety Nets for Students and Families project, Victoria’s Local Homeless Coalition and other school/community stakeholders for a facilitated discussion about how to build community connections that can help support students and families experiencing homelessness post-Hurricane Harvey. Discussion will cover opportunities to strengthen connections among those working with homeless youth and families or those at risk as well as to learn more about local programs, services, and resources. To register, please contact Lisa Griffin with Mid-Coast Family Services at lgriffin@midcoastfamily.org or 361-575-7842.


Addressing Trauma, Strengthening Collaboration for Homeless Students and Families

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Edison Plaza, 350 Pine Street – 4th Floor, Beaumont, TX 77701

This free training is part of the Safety Nets for Students and Families project and will be offered in partnership with Communities in Schools of Southeast Texas. The first hour and a half will focus on homelessness post-Harvey, including opportunities to strengthen connections among those working with homeless youth and families and learn more about local programs, services, and resources. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the training will be dedicated to providing an overview of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), a holistic, evidence-based, multi-systemic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. This training is free of charge and open to any interested staff from schools or community-based organizations, as well as to TNOYS members. CEUs will be offered and lunch will be provided. Click here to register.


Strengthening School-Community Collaborations to Support Homeless Students and Families

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Attack Poverty, 1305 Clay Street, Richmond, TX 77469

This training is part of the Safety Nets for Students and Families project and will be offered in partnership with Parks Youth Ranch. The training will begin with an explanation of the services and supports that schools are required by federal McKinney-Vento legislation to provide to students experiencing homelessness or housing instability. We will also discuss tools and resources for working with your local school district to provide that support. The second half of the session will involve a discussion of homelessness post-Hurricane Harvey, opportunities to strengthen connections among those working with homeless youth and families, and information about local programs, services, and resources. This training is free of charge and CEUs and lunch will be provided. Click here to register.


Crisis Intervention and Solution-Focused Case Management to Support Homeless Students/Families

Friday, December 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Workforce Solutions, 5858 South Padre Island Dr. Suite 1 (inside the Sunrise Mall), Corpus Christi 78412  

This training is part of the Safety Nets for Students and Families project and will be offered in partnership with BCFS Health and Human ServicesThis event will begin with an opportunity to discuss local needs and resources and strengthen collaborations to serve homeless youth and families. Then, experienced trainer Jack Nowicki will help participants apply crisis intervention principles to work with those experiencing homelessness and displacement as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The practice-oriented workshop will review an evidence-informed approach, based on the established research and models in the field. It is a clear, measurable, and client-centered perspective that counselors and case managers can use. This training is free of charge and CEUs and lunch will be provided. Click here to register.


Webinar: Understanding Legal Rights of Youth

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Virtual webinar

Join Gabriella McDonald, Texas Appleseed‘s Pro Bono and New Projects Director, for an explanation of the legal rights of youth and common legal concerns they may have. This includes issues related to homelessness, foster care, juvenile justice involvement, and school settings. You will also learn when and why lawyers can be helpful to youth. The webinar is free of charge and CEUs will be offered. Please click here to register and a link to join the webinar will be emailed to you in advance.


 

Addressing Trauma, Legal Rights, and Supporting Collaboration for Homeless Youth

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

United Way, 2800 Texas Avenue, Texas City, TX 77590

This training is part of the Safety Nets for Students and Families project and will be offered in partnership with Family Service Center of Galveston CountyGalveston County Community Resource Coordination Group, Texas Appleseed, and Connections Individual and Family Services. This training will begin with an explanation of the legal rights of unaccompanied homeless youth and common legal concerns they may have. That will be followed by a discussion of homelessness post-Hurricane Harvey, opportunities to strengthen connections among those working with homeless youth and families, and information about local programs, services, and resources. Finally, the session will feature an overview of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), a holistic, evidence-based, multi-systemic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. This training is free of charge and CEUs and lunch will be offered. Click here to register.


 

Webinar: Trauma-informed Care for Behavioral Health Professionals
presented by Cindy Downey, MPA

Thursday, January 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Virtual webinar

TNOYS and Superior Health Plan are offering this webinar, adapted from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), to help behavioral health professionals understand the essential elements of a trauma-informed practice, types of trauma and its effects, and evidence-based treatments for trauma. Objectives of the training are to understand types of levels of trauma, understand trauma’s impact on a child’s behavior, feelings, relationships, and physical and emotional development, and learn about evidence-based practices for children who have experienced trauma. Click here to register.


 
Webinar: The State of Juvenile Justice in Texas and Opportunities for Reform

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Virtual webinar

Join Brett Merfish, Texas Appleseed‘s Director of Youth Justice, to gain an understanding of past juvenile justice reforms, the current state of juvenile justice in Texas, and reforms that Texas Appleseed is working on and would like to see in the future. Merfish will discuss statewide level policy priorities for the upcoming 2019 Texas Legislative Session, as well as reforms that are possible at the county level.  The webinar is free of charge and CEUs will be offered. Please click here to register and a link to join the webinar will be emailed to you in advance.


 
Houston Area Partners for Youth Meeting

Friday, January 25, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Youth Services Center – 6300 Chimney Rock Road, Houston 77081

This meeting of Houston Area Partners for Youth, TNOYS’ Houston-area policy work group, will feature guest speaker Cynthia O’Neal with the zGen Project. Cynthia will present on the services her organization provides, including suicide prevention and empowerment workshops for teens and a youth coaching institute for service providers. The second part of the meeting will include a roundtable discussion about the impact of suicidal ideation among LGBGTQ youth, youth experiencing homeless and other vulnerable populations. It is open to any interested parties who would like to hear about these topics and engage in TNOYS’ policy efforts. Registration is not required to attend.


SAVE THE DATE: Youth in Action Capitol Day

Friday, February 1, 2019

Austin, TX

Save the date for TNOYS’ biennial Youth in Action Capitol Day, which provides youth and young adults with opportunities to learn about the policymaking process and directly advocate for causes that are important to them. Every two years, hundreds of youth and adults, representing cities and regions from across the state, come together at the State Capitol during the Texas Legislative Session to share policy concerns and recommendations with each other and legislators. Click here to learn more.


 
Innovation and Excellence in Youth Services

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX

Join TNOYS for this biennial event that provides our member organizations with an opportunity to make your voices heard during Texas’ Legislative Session. The first half of the day will involve opportunities for TNOYS members to meet directly with legislators and their staffers. In the afternoon, TNOYS will host a showcase of innovative and excellent programs at the Capitol Grill that will be open to members of the Texas Legislature and the public to attend. If you are part of a member organization that is interested in participating in legislative visits and/or presenting in the showcase, click here to fill out an interest form. If you are a legislator, member of the public, or other stakeholder who would like to attend the afternoon showcase, click here to RSVP.


 
Houston Area Partners for Youth Meeting

Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Youth Services Center – 6300 Chimney Rock Road, Houston 77081

This meeting of Houston Area Partners for Youth, TNOYS’ Houston-area policy work group, is open to any parties who are interested in hearing from our expert speakers and engaging in TNOYS’ policy efforts on behalf of Houston’s youth. Each meeting will include a presentation and roundtable discussion on topics such as the juvenile justice system, the challenges older youth face when they enter foster care, opportunities to support foster parents, and working with youth and young adults who have trauma. Specific guest speakers will be announced closer to the meeting date. Registration is not required to attend.


PEAKS Adventure Camp

March 9-12, 2019

Camp Young Judaea, Wimberley, Texas

PEAKS Adventure Camp, one of TNOYS’ longest-running and most successful youth engagement programs, incorporates typical camp experiences such as ropes courses and canoeing with daily life skills training, group processing activities and journal writing to help the participants appreciate the emotional impact of the daily activities and overall experience. This creates opportunities for youth to develop meaningful relationships with adults, and for sponsors to gain hands-on training for working with youth in an equal partnership. Youth participant referrals come through CPS caseworkers. Click here to learn more about PEAKS and access the application to become a camp staff member.


 
Houston Area Partners for Youth Meeting

Friday, March 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Youth Services Center – 6300 Chimney Rock Road, Houston 77081

This meeting of Houston Area Partners for Youth, TNOYS’ Houston-area policy work group, is open to any parties who are interested in hearing from our expert speakers and engaging in TNOYS’ policy efforts on behalf of Houston’s youth. Each meeting will include a presentation and roundtable discussion on topics such as the juvenile justice system, the challenges older youth face when they enter foster care, opportunities to support foster parents, and working with youth and young adults who have trauma. Specific guest speakers will be announced closer to the meeting date. Registration is not required to attend.


 
Houston Area Partners for Youth Meeting

Friday, April 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Youth Services Center – 6300 Chimney Rock Road, Houston 77081

This meeting of Houston Area Partners for Youth, TNOYS’ Houston-area policy work group, is open to any parties who are interested in hearing from our expert speakers and engaging in TNOYS’ policy efforts on behalf of Houston’s youth. Each meeting will include a presentation and roundtable discussion on topics such as the juvenile justice system, the challenges older youth face when they enter foster care, opportunities to support foster parents, and working with youth and young adults who have trauma. Specific guest speakers will be announced closer to the meeting date. Registration is not required to attend.


 
Houston Area Partners for Youth Meeting

Friday, May 24, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Youth Services Center – 6300 Chimney Rock Road, Houston 77081

This meeting of Houston Area Partners for Youth, TNOYS’ Houston-area policy work group, is open to any parties who are interested in hearing from our expert speakers and engaging in TNOYS’ policy efforts on behalf of Houston’s youth. Each meeting will include a presentation and roundtable discussion on topics such as the juvenile justice system, the challenges older youth face when they enter foster care, opportunities to support foster parents, and working with youth and young adults who have trauma. Specific guest speakers will be announced closer to the meeting date. Registration is not required to attend.


 
SAVE THE DATE: TNOYS’ 36th Annual Conference on Services to Youth and Families

June 25-28, 2019

Houston, Texas

Save the date for TNOYS’ Annual Conference, which will offer energizing keynote presentations, interactive workshops, and fun networking events for youth services professionals and stakeholders. In 2019, we will once again emphasize the importance of integrating youth engagement into all aspects of services and advocacy work. We are also excited to announce our first confirmed keynote, child trafficking survivor Alyssa Beck. Check out current details on our conference web page.


SAVE THE DATE: Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Thursday, August 8, 2019
(welcome reception to be held evening of August 7)

St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX

Join us for a leadership conference that gives nonprofit executives the opportunity to focus on developing their leadership and management skills. The event will feature networking opportunities, interactive workshops, and expert speakers from a variety of industries. For more on what to expect, see information from the last leadership conference, held in August 2018. More information on programming and registration will be coming soon.


 Interested in sponsoring a TNOYS event?  Please contact us at events@tnoys.org to discuss upcoming opportunities.