Houston Area Youth Partners Meeting: Youth Homelessness

Friday, October 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Youth Services Center, 6300 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77081

This meeting of TNOYS’ Houston-area policy work group is open to any interested parties who would like to join our discussion on causes of youth homelessness for youth aging out of foster care, youth leaving the juvenile justice system, and unaccompanied minors. Registration is not required to attend.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Webinar
presented by Amber Brackmann, MA, CCC-SLP

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Virtual webinar

TNOYS and Superior Health Plan are offering this webinar on the ACE study by the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente, the largest study of its kind ever done to examine the health and social effects of adverse childhood experiences over the lifespan. This webinar will present a summary of the study’s findings including negative physical and behavioral impacts of a high ACE score and positive impacts of ACE findings on child welfare. CEUs will be offered. Click here to register. 

  Working with Schools to Support Homeless Students
presented by the Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Virtual webinar

Schools are required by federal McKinney-Vento legislation to provide services and supports for students who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. This webinar will outline the services and supports that schools are required to provide, as well as offer tools and resources for working with your local school district. The webinar is ideal for those working in STAR programs, emergency shelters, other programs that serve young people who are homeless or at risk, and those who are interested in the Safety Nets for Students and Families project. CEUs will be offered. Click here to register and a link to join the webinar will be emailed to you in advance. 

Webinar: Youth Services Issues in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Virtual Webinar

The 86th Texas Regular Legislative Session kicks off in January 2019! Join Dr. Katherine Byers, TNOYS’ Director of Child Welfare Policy, for a preview of what kind of policymaking activity to expect around youth services issues during the upcoming session. Katherine will also share TNOYS’ legislative agenda to give a better idea of the issues our organization and our members will be advocating for. And, there will be an update on advocacy events TNOYS will be hosting during the session that provide an opportunity to get involved. Click here to register and a link to join the webinar will be emailed to you in advance.


Coping with Holiday Stress Webinar
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.

SAVE THE DATE: Youth in Action Capitol Day

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.

SAVE THE DATE: TNOYS Member Advocacy Day

February 20, 2019

Austin, TX

Join TNOYS for this biennial event that provides our member organizations with an opportunity to make your voice heard during Texas’ Legislative Session. Learn about the status of policymaking that impacts youth service providers and speak directly with legislators and their staffers about your perspective on issues such as foster care, youth homelessness, and more. Stay tuned for more details and information on how to sign up to join us.

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. Stay tuned for more information and a registration form to come soon, and check out information from last year’s conference here.

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