UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAININGS

  
Winter Membership Meeting and Innovation and Excellence in Youth Services Showcase

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00pm (members) + 3:00- 5:00 p.m. (all)

Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX

Join TNOYS for this biennial event to network with Capitol staffers and learn from other providers who will be sharing their innovative and excellent programs at the Capitol Grill.  This event is free and provides CEUs. It is open to members of the Texas Legislature, youth services providers, and the public. Click here to RSVP.

Here are all event details and a full agenda.

For TNOYS members, join us earlier in the day for our Winter Member Meeting, a legislative briefing, and the chance to meet directly with legislators and their staffers. Click here for the member 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. The guest speaker will be TNOYS Executive Director, Christine Gendron. Christine will provide an update on the 86th Texas Legislative Session, including TNOYS’ work to advocate for funds for youth-serving organizations, as well as an overview of legislation that could impact Houston youth and the organizations serving them. The second part of the meeting will include a roundtable discussion on providing services and improving outcomes for our community’s most vulnerable youth populations. Registration is not required to attend.


Webinar: Trauma Toolkit 2.0 Series (Part 2) Enhancing the Well-Being and Resilience of Children and Families 

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Virtual webinar

TNOYS and Superior Health Plan are offering this webinar using material from the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network. This 5-part course offers skills necessary to work with children who have experienced traumatic events. The course explains the impact of and ways to deal with secondary traumatic stress. Separation from attachment figures in traumatic and uncertain circumstances can be very stressful for a child. Positive connections enhance psychological safety and stability. Child welfare workers learn how to encourage positive relationships. Click here to register (please register separately for each webinar in the series; you can choose which one or ones you’d like 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. Michael Miqura is a trainer for Envolve (STAR Health), which is the Medicaid managed care program for children and youth in foster care.  He is going to provide a trauma training that is tailored to service providers working with homeless youth and young adults. Registration is not required to attend.


Building Alliances with Youth to Prevent Runaway and Other Challenging Behaviors

March 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Houston  –  hosted by Harris County Protective Services

Supporting youth voice and youth-adult partnerships can mitigate challenging behaviors. Join TNOYS and DFPS for training and a roundtable discussion on building alliances with youth in foster care to prevent runaway and other problems before they escalate. This event features members of the TNOYS network, DFPS leadership, and youth with lived foster care experience. These all-day events are free with lunch included and designed for foster care stakeholders, including providers, foster parents, and CPS caseworkers. The event is free of charge with CEUs available. Click here to RSVP.


Building Alliances with Youth to Prevent Runaway and Other Challenging Behaviors

March 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

San Antonio – hosted by BCFS Health and Human Services

Supporting youth voice and youth-adult partnerships can mitigate challenging behaviors. Join TNOYS and DFPS for training and a roundtable discussion on building alliances with youth in foster care to prevent runaway and other problems before they escalate. This event features members of the TNOYS network, DFPS leadership, and youth with lived foster care experience. These all-day events are free with lunch included and designed for foster care stakeholders, including providers, foster parents, and CPS caseworkers. The event is free of charge with CEUs available. Click here to RSVP.


Building Alliances with Youth to Prevent Runaway and Other Challenging Behaviors

April 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dallas – hosted by ACH Child and Family Services

Supporting youth voice and youth-adult partnerships can mitigate challenging behaviors. Join TNOYS and DFPS for training and a roundtable discussion on building alliances with youth in foster care to prevent runaway and other problems before they escalate. This event features members of the TNOYS network, DFPS leadership, and youth with lived foster care experience. These all-day events are free with lunch included and designed for foster care stakeholders, including providers, foster parents, and CPS caseworkers. The event is free of charge with CEUs available. Click here to RSVP.


Webinar: Trauma Toolkit 2.0 Series (Part 3) Enhancing the Well-Being and Resilience of Those Working in the System

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Virtual webinar

TNOYS and Superior Health Plan are offering this webinar using material from the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network. This 5-part course offers skills necessary to work with children who have experienced traumatic events. The course explains the impact of and ways to deal with secondary traumatic stress. Those working in the child welfare system need to understand the importance of safety to children, families, and staff working with traumatized populations. This session demonstrates utilizing strategies to enhance both physical and psychological safety. Click here to register (please register separately for each webinar in the series; you can choose which one or ones you’d like 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.


 
Webinar: Trauma Toolkit 2.0 Series (Part 4) Maximizing Safety and Identifying Trauma-Related Needs of Children and Families

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Virtual webinar

TNOYS and Superior Health Plan are offering this webinar using material from the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network. This 5-part course offers skills necessary to work with children who have experienced traumatic events. The course explains the impact of and ways to deal with secondary traumatic stress. Safety is a unconditional priority, especially for traumatized children who may have conflicting perceptions of what is ‘safe.’ Those working in the child welfare system need to assess individual physical and psychological safety needs to provide the best care options. Click here to register (please register separately for each webinar in the series; you can choose which one or ones you’d like 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.


 
Webinar: Trauma Toolkit 2.0 Series (Part 5) Partnering with Youth, Families and Agencies in Providing Trauma-informed Services

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Virtual webinar

TNOYS and Superior Health Plan are offering this webinar using material from the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network. This 5-part course offers skills necessary to work with children who have experienced traumatic events. The course explains the impact of and ways to deal with secondary traumatic stress. Youth and families given choices and an active voice in decision-making on an individual, agency, and systemic level gain momentum and courage. This training discusses how partnerships generate success and help families build realistic strategies. Click here to register (please register separately for each webinar in the series; you can choose which one or ones you’d like 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 the most up-to-date agenda and 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 or co-hosting a TNOYS event?  Please contact us at events@tnoys.org to discuss upcoming opportunities.