TNOYS Winter Member Meeting

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

STARRY, 1301 N. Mays Street, Round Rock, TX 78664

TNOYS encourages our members to join us for our Winter Member Meeting, where you’ll have the chance to hear from Sasha Rasco, Associate Commissioner for Prevention and Early Intervention at DFPS; Kristene Blackstone, Associate Commissioner for Child Protective Services at DFPS; Darla Bardine, Executive Director of the National Network for Youth; as well as from TNOYS member organizations leading collaborative work in their communities. Click here to register.

  Ethical Decision-Making and Boundaries in Youth Services: Part 1

February 28, 2018 – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Virtual Webinar

Ethical dilemmas and boundary challenges can arise for youth services providers around a client’s right to self-determination, confidentiality, when managing agency or contract requirements, and in many other situations. Join us for an online training workshop to explore the factors that impact ethical decisions, review current frameworks and decision-making strategies for making ethical decisions, and consider how colleagues, supervisors, and other resources can offer support. This virtual webinar, led by TNOYS’ Jack Nowicki, LCSW and our Youth Partner Gage Kemp, costs $10 for TNOYS members and $25 for non-members. Ethics CEUs will be offered (does not count for CYC Certification Institute ethics). Please register to reserve your spot and a link to the webinar will be emailed to you in advance. This is the first in a two-part series of ethics webinars — stay tuned for more info coming soon on Part 2!

Recovery through Participation: Spring Youth Voice Idea Sharing Event

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 9:30 a.m. 

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

Recovery through Participation is focused on elevating youth voice as a key element of trauma-informed care and recovery.  This project and event brings together youth services organizations invested in youth engagement.  If you are working to elevate youth voice or strengthen your youth engagement, join us to learn, network, and spark new ideas! This will be a dynamic and fun event where you’ll hear from some of our project partners and have the chance to connect and partner with other organizations also working to strengthen youth voice. Staff and youth partners from any organization are welcome, especially our project partners.  Click here to register.

Recovery Through Participation Workshop for Emerging Youth Leaders

March 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & March 13, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

LifeWorks North – 8913 Collinfield Drive, Austin 78758

Would you like to sharpen your skills and abilities as youth leader? Would you like to work in real partnership with adults to make a difference for youth and communities? Would you like to learn how to use your own story and experiences to help other youth? This workshops features the youth and adults with the Houston Health Department’s Peer Wellness Specialist Program who will share practical information and the lessons they’ve learned as youth partners. This workshop is limited to 20 youth (ages 15-24 years) who are or will soon be youth partners for organizations that work with or for youth. Recovery through Participation project partners will be given priority. Please contact Lara O’Toole at lotoole@tnoys.org for registration information.


PEAKS Adventure Camp

March 11 – March 14 & March 15 – March 18, 2018

Camp Young Judaea, Wimberley, TX

PEAKS Adventure Camp, one of TNOYS’ longest-running and most successful youth engagement programs, will take place again this year in Wimberley, Texas. The PEAKS Adventure incorporates typical camp experiences such as ropes courses, swimming and water activities, creative arts and drama, nature hikes, canoeing, and archery with daily 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.

Transition-Age Youth Webinar Series: What Do Transition-Age Youth Need?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Virtual Webinar

Join us for part two of a three-part webinar series presented by the Harris Transition Coalition on how to support transition-age youth as they become independent adults. In this webinar, you will hear about programs and resources that could be beneficial to the youth that you serve. Listen to professionals discuss what they can offer for specific transition-age youth needs such as housing, jobs, education, and more! This webinar is free of charge and CEUs are available. Thank you to the Hogg Foundation for its generous support. Click here to register.

Transition-Age Youth Webinar Series: Thinking Outside the Box: Professional Boundaries When Working with Youth

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Virtual Webinar

Do you wish to increase your youth engagement practices but are worried about conflict with professional boundaries as a practitioner? Join us for the third installment of a three-part webinar series presented by the Harris Transition Coalition to learn about best practices in working with youth in leadership positions and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of blurring boundaries. Hear about creative solutions therapists and other providers have found to support youth engagement and maintain their professional standards. This webinar is free of charge and CEUs are available. Thank you to the Hogg Foundation for its generous support. Click here to register.


TNOYS’ 35th Annual Conference on Service to Youth and Families

June 5-8, 2018

Westin Galleria, Houston

The TNOYS 35th Annual Conference will be June 5-8, 2018 again at the Westin Galleria in Houston.  This year we are excited to fully integrate youth and families into our full conference, alongside our traditional audience of providers and other stakeholders. The event will offer dynamic, engaging, and collaborative sessions that allow youth and adults to build concrete skills, learn what’s on the cutting edge in youth services, and be part of a memorable experience.  Click here to visit our conference web page for more information.

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