TNOYS Membership Council Meeting

June 28, 2017, 5:15 – 7:00 p.m.

Houston, Texas 

This is an invitation-only event for one representative of each TNOYS member organization. The TNOYS Membership Council is a new TNOYS initiative to strengthen engagement with our members. The Membership Council will meet twice per year (once in person and once virtually) to provide guidance to TNOYS on the needs of Texas youth, families, and the professionals and provider organizations that serve them. The TNOYS Membership Council will develop the TNOYS legislative agenda and advise TNOYS on its member benefits, training offerings, and other program work.


TNOYS 34th Annual Conference on Service to Youth and Families

June 28-30, 2017

Westin Galleria, Houston

TNOYS is heading back to Houston in 2017 for our 34th annual conference. As in past years, we’ll have a great lineup of inspiring keynote speakers, interactive workshops, and networking events. Head to our conference website for more information.

Annual Conference Pre-Institute #1: “Protecting Your Organization, Your Staff, and the Young People You Serve”

Tuesday, June 27, 10:00am – 4:30pm

Westin Galleria, Houston

Part I: “Are You Prepared? An Interactive Crisis Communications Workshop for Child and Youth Serving Organizations,” 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. $25 for TNOYS members; $50 for non-members (CEUs and working lunch included). Click here to learn more and register.

Part II: “Preventing Abuse and False Allegations of Abuse in Your Organization,” 2:00 to 4:30pm. FREE, CEUs included. Click here to learn more and register.  

Annual Conference Pre-Institute #2: “Recovery through Participation: A Showcase and Introduction to Elevating Youth Voice with Trauma-Informed Practices”

June 27, 10:00am-2:30pm (lunch included)

Westin Galleria, Houston

Featuring Lara O’Toole and Jack Nowicki of TNOYS as well as youth leaders and youth services providers. FREE,CEUs included. Click here to learn more and register.

Continuum of Youth Engagement Part 2: Youth-Driven Programming, Boards, and Evaluation

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Communities in Schools of Central Texas – Austin, TX

This session in our Recovery Through Participation Training and Collaborative Consultation Series will cover the nuts and bolts best practices of ongoing youth engagement and how these are the building blocks of trauma-informed organizations. This includes forming and sustaining youth advisory groups; adding youth in meaningful ways to boards and councils; giving youth meaningful roles in evaluation, employee hiring, or communications; and more. This session is FREE to those who serve residents of Central Texas and CEUs will be offered. Registration is required.


Seclusion and Restraint Reduction: An Environmental Scan Update and Discussion of Preliminary Findings

Thursday, July 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 3001 Lake Austin Blvd., 78703

Please join us at this meeting to hear an update about the effort to conduct an environmental scan of seclusion and restraint reduction efforts, initiatives, and opportunities in the major sectors across, this year’s key initiative with the Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group. The event will include discussion of preliminary findings and plans based on the scan, which includes focus groups and interview research with key stakeholders in the sectors of mental health, services for people with disabilities, K-12 education, child welfare, juvenile/criminal justice & law enforcement, and services for older adults. Contact Lara O’Toole LOToole@tnoys.org for more information about the meeting or scan.  No RSVP necessary – all interested stakeholders welcome.

Equal Footing: Including All Voices at the Table
A free training in cultural competency, diversity and inclusion

NEW DATE: July 28, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Houston Food Bank, Community Room

535 Portwall Street, Houston, TX 77029

Join us for a free training event focused on creating an inclusive, diverse work environment where all voices are welcomed — including youth, family members, and service providers of all backgrounds. Learn more about the Harris Transition Coalition‘s successes partnering with youth and families in designing and providing services, and hear from a variety of speakers about their experiences partnering with youth and families of different backgrounds and the lessons learned. CEUs and snacks will be offered. Click here to RSVP.

*Featuring speakers with a range of perspectives on these topics: community organizer/activist Stevens Orozco, DFPS Region 6 Equity Specialist Shondra Rogers, and youth and family partners who are working with service providers.

Continuum of Youth Engagement Part 3: Inspiring Recovery, Developing Peer Support Opportunities

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

LifeWorks East – Austin, TX

This session will cover the nuts, bolts, theory, and research behind including youth in peer support roles, including paid staff positions. There are a number of considerations around organizational capacity and culture to discuss to ensure that youth on staff feel valued, mentored, and supported. We will also review the incredible potential and impact that youth in peer roles can have on other youth being served. This session is FREE to those who serve residents of Central Texas and CEUs will be offered. Registration is required.

 TNOYS Emergency Shelter Task Force Convening

August 16, 2017, Time TBD

Jonathan’s Place, Garland, Texas

TNOYS is hosting this event to restart the Emergency Shelter Task Force, which has historically provided an opportunity for emergency shelter providers from across the state to connect and learn from each other and experts. At the meeting, DFPS will present findings from its recent foster care capacity assessment and advise shelters of the role they can play in foster care capacity. Stay tuned for more details. 


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