Statewide Workgroup on Youth Homelessness Meeting

Friday, August 17, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – CANCELED

Multi-Purpose Room West, LifeWorks East Campus, 835 N. Pleasant Valley Road, Austin, TX 78702

***This meeting has been CANCELED and will be rescheduled. Please stay tuned for a new date and time.***

The new Statewide Workgroup on Youth Homelessness, organized by TNOYS, Texas Appleseed, and the Texas Homeless Education Office, will facilitate collaboration between state agencies, statewide organizations, and local efforts to strengthen services and supports for Texas’ homeless youth. This first meeting of the new workgroup will include updates on statewide initiatives to address youth homelessness, updates on local initiatives to address youth homelessness, updates from state agencies, and discussion on agenda items and advocacy opportunities for the upcoming legislative session. Please click here to RSVP.

SAVE THE DATE: Leading Through Change Conference

August 23, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. & August 24, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

The Leading Through Change Conference will give nonprofit professionals a chance to focus on developing their organizations and their own leadership skills through an evening of networking and a full day of presentations and interactive sessions with proven leadership experts. Registration is now open — click here to learn more about the event and reserve your spot.

Houston Area Policy Work Group Meeting: Housing Models for Current and Former Foster Youth

Friday, August 31, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

2525 Murworth Drive, Houston, TX 77054

Providers and youth across the state of Texas have named housing as one of the most needed resources for youth in extended foster care and for those who’ve aged out. This meeting of TNOYS’ new Houston-area policy work group is open to any interested parties who would like to hear from providers from Houston, Spring and Conroe as they share their housing models, opportunities and needs.  Be a part of the discussion about how we make sure our young people aren’t homeless and have the opportunity for independence and success.  Registration is not required to attend.


Family First Act Webinar Series: Opportunities to Serve Young Adults in Foster Care

Friday, September 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Virtual Webinar

The new federal Family First Prevention Services Act will require residential providers to meet certain criteria in order to continue receiving IV-E funding (funding states use to pay for foster care). One of the criteria for continuing to receive funding is for a provider to offer supervised independent living (SIL) for youth 18 to 23. While SILs are good models for preventing foster youth from ending up homeless, they come with challenges such as low reimbursement rates and criteria for independence that a lot of youth can’t meet. Join us for this installment of our Family First Act webinar series to learn more about SILs and how providers can potentially incorporate these services into their own work in order to meet the new federal requirements. Speakers are organizations experience in SILs and other housing programs for young adults in and transitioning out of foster care, including Children’s Home of Lubbock, Department of Family and Protective Services, HAY Center, Hope’s Path, Jonathan’s Place, and Upbring. This webinar is free and CEUs will be offered.Click here to register and a link to the webinar will be emailed in advance to those who have signed up.


Recovery Through Participation Youth Voice Idea Share Event

Thursday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

For the past two years, Central Texas youth services organizations have been working together on the Recovery through Participation project, to elevate youth voice as a key element of trauma-informed care and recovery. Join us for this event to hear highlights and lessons learned from our project evaluation, spark new ideas and solutions, and network with others also working on elevating youth voice and youth engagement. This will be the final youth voice idea share even for the Recovery Through Participation pilot. Staff and youth partners from any organization are welcome, especially our project partners. Please click here to RSVP.

Emergency Shelter Task Force Meeting

September 19, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

ACH Child and Family Services, 3712 Wichita St, Fort Worth, TX 76119

This meeting is for emergency shelter administrators and will follow up on the Emergency Shelter Task Force meeting TNOYS hosted on June 7. ACH will offer a tour of its facilities, an overview of the evidence-based models the agency is using in its shelter, and an update on Community Based Care. There will also be opportunities to further discuss the recent federal Family First and Prevention Services Act and its potential impact on shelters, so that shelters can prepare. Additionally, TNOYS will present findings from its recent survey of Texas’ emergency shelters and Superior Health Plan, which is sponsoring the meeting, will share information on its Turning Point Psychiatric Hospital Diversion Program. The cost of the meeting is $25 for TNOYS member and $75 for non-members. Click here to register. 

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