Joint Meeting: Houston Area Partners for Youth (HAPY) and Homeless Youth Network (HYN)

Friday, October 25th, 2019
Homeless Youth Network (HYN) meeting – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Houston Area Partners for Youth (HAPY) meeting – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Youth Services Center – 6300 Chimney Rock Road, Houston 77081

The October HAPY meeting will focus on how youth homelessness intersects with youth-serving systems including child welfare, justice, and education systems. The meeting will include updates on how these systems are addressing the issue of youth homelessness, including youth who age out of foster care. This meeting will be held in conjunction with a meeting of HYN and will follow a presentation on the work being done across systems at the local level by TNOYS member organization LifeWorks to end youth homelessness in Austin.

HAPY is TNOYS’ Houston-area youth policy workgroup, which brings legislative and regulatory updates to Houston and engages Houston-area stakeholders in cross-systems discussions focused on building resilient youth, young adults, and families. Through HAPY, participants can gain information on the impact of state policy decisions on youth services in the Houston area, play a role in policy implementation, and get plugged in to opportunities to advocate for state-level policy changes. Each meeting includes a presentation and roundtable discussion addressing one or more youth-serving systems, including child welfare, justice, education, housing, healthcare, victim services, and workforce systems.  HAPY meetings are open to any interested stakeholders and registration is not required to attend.


Webinar: Caring for Children who Have Experienced Early Trauma

Thursday, November 7th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Virtual Webinar

Join this workshop that looks at the impact of trauma, attachment and disrupted brain development on children from birth to age 5. This webinar also explains how trauma disrupts normal brain development and offers ways to help children cope with trauma reminders. This webinar is being presented as part of a monthly training series co-hosted by TNOYS and Centene Corporation. Click here to register for this webinar as well as other webinars in this series.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CSEY) Statewide Collaboration Two-Part Meeting Series

November 20 in Austin

December 3 in San Antonio

In conjunction with the Texas Governor’s Office Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT), TNOYS is planning a two-part Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEY) Collaborative meeting in the coming months.  This two-part CSEY collaboration will focus first on awareness and identification of survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CSEY) and second on the development and implementation of specialized services of survivors of CSEY.  All youth service providers from across the state of Texas interested in learning more about CSEY service provision are invited to attend.

  • Part 1 of the CST Collaborative will be held on Nov. 20, 2019, in Austin from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  SAFE Alliance will be hosting. A meeting of the Transitional Living Program/Supervised Independent Living Task Force will follow from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Part 2 of the CSEY Collaborative will be held on Dec. 3, 2019, in San Antonio from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Roy Maas Youth Alternatives and San Antonio Area Foundation will be hosting. A meeting of the Emergency Shelter Task Force will follow from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Part 1 objectives include:

  • provide training on risk factors and early intervention of CSEY,
  • CSE-IT screening tool and others tools used for client CSEY risk assessment/identification,
  • highlight of the specialized CSEY service provided by the SAFE Alliance, and
  • awareness of CSEY programming needs.

 Part 2 objectives include:

  • highlight of the specialized CSEY service provided by Roy Maas Youth Alternatives at Centro Seguro Drop-In Center,
  • community collaboration to meet the needs of survivors of CST, such as BCFS’ Common Thread CST Advocate Program,
  • navigation of CST funding from the Governor’s Office for expansion of services, and
  • development and implementation of specialized services.

 Detailed agendas for both meetings to follow. Click here to register for the meetings.


Webinar: Host Home Programs for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Wednesday, November 20, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Virtual Webinar

This webinar will feature presenters from TNOYS, Texas Appleseed, and Texas Homeless Network, discussing host home programs for youth experiencing homelessness. Click here to register.

Building Alliances with Youth to Prevent Runaway and Other Challenging Behaviors

Friday, November 22, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Austin Public Library – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702

Join TNOYS, our members, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and youth with lived experience for training and a roundtable discussion on building alliances with youth in foster care to prevent runaway and other challenging behaviors before they escalate. This free event is designed for foster care stakeholders, including residential providers, foster parents, and CPS caseworkers. CEUs will be provided. Click here to RSVP. 

Convening on Youth Safety During and After Natural Disasters

Monday, December 2, 2019 – Time TBD

REJ Conference Center, 1501 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Natural disasters are on the rise globally and Texas tops the nation in natural disasters. Children, youth, and families who are displaced by natural disasters experience trauma and instability that heightens their risk of victimization and exploitation. Join TNOYS for a convening of child welfare providers, first responders, disaster relief agencies, and other stakeholders from across Texas to share information on challenges and best practices for keeping children safe during and after natural disasters. Participants will have the opportunity to identify and share challenges, learn from experts on best practices, and brainstorm on how different systems and stakeholders can work together. Based on findings from this convening, as well as research and best practices for keeping children safe during and after natural disasters, TNOYS will identify and develop recommended policies, protocols, training content, and resources. This event is part of a project generously funded by Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force. Final event details, agenda, and registration form are coming soon — please check back. 


Webinar: Understanding the Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) Study 

Thursday, December 5th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Virtual Webinar

We invite you to attend this training that reviews the concepts and results of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, a decades-long landmark study looking at the relationship between traumatic childhood events and adult health and social problems.  This webinar is being presented as part of a monthly training series co-hosted by TNOYS and Centene Corporation. Click here to register for this webinar as well as other webinars in this series.


Webinar: Hooked on a Feeling

Thursday, January 9th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Virtual Webinar

This webinar will strengthen your ability to: Be able to list and define basic emotions, discuss the impact trauma has on emotional development, and identify how PACE Parenting can help children and teens deal with emotions. This webinar is being presented as part of a monthly training series co-hosted by TNOYS and Centene Corporation. Click here to register for this webinar as well as other webinars in this series.

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.