Houston Area Partners for Youth (HAPY) January Meeting:
Mental Health in Schools

Friday, January 31st, 1:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Youth Services Center, 6300 Chimney Road, Houston TX

Join us for TNOYS’ Houston Area Partners for Youth (HAPY) January meeting to hear about student mental health supports in schools, including new state level policies and how they are playing out in the Houston area schools. The meeting will include a presentation from Mental Health America Greater Houston Director of Public Policy Annalee Gulley and Director of their Center for School Behavioral Health, Jamie Freeny. Following the presentation, we’ll lead a discussion on mental health supports in schools, with a focus on whether these supports can or should intersect with work being done by other youth serving providers.

HAPY is TNOYS’ Houston-area youth policy workgroup. Meetings are open to any interested parties, and registration is not required. Please email lrose@tnoys.org should you have questions.

Certificate on Human Trafficking ‘Train the Trainer’ Event Series
with the National Network for Youth (NN4Y)

February 4- 6

Jonathan’s Place, Garland TX

Please note: This event is by invitation, and registration priority will be given to TNOYS members.

TNOYS is offering a 3-day “train the trainer” certificate program in partnership with the National Network for Youth. The training will cover topics such as trafficking definitions and relevant laws, addressing trafficking trauma and its impacts, accessing resources, and more. This training is designed for multi-level experienced providers from executive leadership to program managers, outreach coordinators, and case managers. Please review the training flyer for details.

TNOYS member organizations may email Shannon Bloesch at support@tnoys.org if they are interested in attending this training event.

East Texas Youth Policy Meeting

Monday, February 24, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Ellen Trout Zoo, Jaguar Room in the Education Center

402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, TX 75901

TNOYS is developing a statewide, cross-systems youth policy agenda and wants your input. Please join us for a meeting of youth service providers to share and discuss your ideas to improve supports for Texas youth. Discussion will cover systems including child welfare, housing, education, workforce, justice, health and mental health, and victim services. Lunch will be served. Click here to find more information and register to attend.


Houston Area Partners for Youth (HAPY) February Meeting: 
Family First

February 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Youth Services Center, 6300 Chimney Road, Houston TX

Kristen Blackstone, DFPS Associate Commissioner for Child Protective Services, will join our February HAPY meeting to share the work the agency is doing to prepare for and develop a strategic plan to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), as well as to hear input and feedback from stakeholders. Join us to learn more about FFPSA and provide your feedback, ideas and concerns with the agency leadership as they develop their strategic plan and recommendations for the Texas Legislature.  

HAPY is TNOYS’ Houston-area youth policy workgroup. Meetings are open to any interested parties, and registration is not required. Please email lrose@tnoys.org should you have questions.

Please Note: February’s HAPY meeting will not take place on the usual Friday, in order to accommodate the schedule of the Associate Commissioner.


TNOYS Membership Meeting

April 15, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lifeworks East, Austin TX

TNOYS members are invited to join us for a membership meeting on April 15th. This meeting is open to anyone employed by a TNOYS member organization. 

 During the meeting, we’ll hear from the new DFPS Commissioner, Jamie Masters, as well as Sasha Rasco, Associate Commissioner for Prevention and Early Intervention within DFPS. Members will also have the opportunity to meet the Associate Commissioner for Child Protective Services within DFPS (the current Associate Commissioner has announced her departure in March). Please email info@tnoys.org should you have questions.
The meeting will take place at Lifeworks’ East location: 835 N Pleasant Valley Road, Austin, TX 78702. 

PEAKS Camp 2020

April 15, 2020

Stoney Creek Ranch, New Ulm TX

We’re getting ready to host this year’s PEAKS Camp, an intensive residential camp experience founded on best practices in youth development theory. PEAKS participants have traditionally been youth dealing with at-risk situations who come along with adult sponsors such as their caseworkers, youth agency partners, and/ or foster parents.

Know a youth who would enjoy attending PEAKS Camp? CPS will refer youth for PEAKS. Please get in touch with the youth’s case worker to proceed, and email support@tnoys.org with any questions.

We are also requesting applications from prospective PEAKS volunteers at this time. To volunteer with PEAKS, please complete this application and submit it to support@tnoys.org.

SAVE THE DATE: TNOYS’ 37th Annual Conference on Services to Youth and Families

June 23-26, 2020

Westin Galleria, Houston

Professionals and youth are invited to join us for TNOYS’ Annual Conference, which will feature interactive workshops, inspiring keynote presentations, and fun events and activities to help attendees strengthen their skills to serve Texas’ youth. Visit our conference web page for more details.

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