Publications and Resources

Young, Alone and Homeless in the Lone Star State

This joint report produced by TNOYS and Texas Appleseed is the most comprehensive study to date of youth homelessness in Texas. Its key finding is that the lack of a cohesive policy and funding approach to address the problem of youth homelessness in Texas has resulted in high levels of youth who are homeless and poor outcomes for these young people. This report shares recommendations on policies that can better support the state’s service providers who are working to address youth homelessness, and the young people they serve.


TNOYS Legislative Recap Report: 85th Texas Regular Legislative Session 

The 85th Texas Legislative Session was an important one for our state’s child welfare system. TNOYS drafted this report to explain the policy changes that were made this session and how they will impact the work of Texas’ youth and the professionals who serve them. The report outlines the information according to TNOYS’ legislative priority areas, which include prevention and early intervention, youth homelessness, trauma-informed care, supporting the transition to adulthood, and youth engagement.


Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness: Insights from a Survey of Homeless Liaisons in Texas Public Schools

In 2016, TNOYS conducted a statewide survey of homeless liaisons in Texas public schools, who are tasked with identifying and supporting students experiencing homelessness. This report includes findings based on the responses of these individuals that shed light on their circumstances and the circumstances of the students they serve. It also includes resulting recommendations on how to better support both liaisons and homeless students.


Youth Homelessness in Texas: A report to fulfill the requirements of House Bill 679

In December 2016, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs delivered this report to the Texas Legislature to share the findings of Youth Count Texas!, the first-ever statewide survey of homeless youth in Texas. The survey and this final report were mandated by the Texas Legislature in 2015’s House Bill 679. TNOYS Executive Director Christine Gendron co-authored the report.  



The Youth Count Texas! Project: Process Evaluation Report
Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 8.32.28 PMIn 2015, the Texas Legislature passed a bill mandating the first- ever statewide count and survey of homeless youth in Texas. TNOYS was contracted to develop and implement the survey in collaboration with local communities across the state. TNOYS produced this report to share lessons learned in the process of carrying out this groundbreaking effort. The findings and recommendations in this report can inform future counts of youth experiencing homelessness and provide insight into efforts to support this vulnerable population.

Click here to see the YCT! Process Evaluation report Appendix (survey tool) referenced in the report.


UNDERSTANDING YOUTH RIGHTS: Helping Providers Navigate the Laws and Policies Affecting Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 5.50.26 PMThis guide helps youth services providers navigate the often confusing laws that apply to homeless or unaccompanied youth, in order to better serve this vulnerable population. Guidance is provided on state and federal laws around issues such as emergency shelter/housing, emancipation, public education, medical treatment, and state and federal benefits. Each section of the guide contains answers to the most frequently asked questions related to each subject and offers general guidelines for most situations, and the first three chapters focus on how providers can empower the youth voice, help youth understand their rights and responsibilities, and appreciate and understand the cultural diversity among homeless youth.


Youth Engagement Toolkit

YE PuzzleThis toolkit features a compilation of some of TNOYS’ best resources on starting or enhancing youth engagement efforts within youth services organizations. The toolkit includes a definition of youth engagement and explanation of its benefits, tools to help agencies assess their readiness and progress on incorporating youth engagement, best practices for working with youth, and other practical strategies that organizations can implement to launch or enhance their efforts. The toolkit also includes real-life lessons from the those who have practiced youth engagement in the field.

Youth Count Texas! Toolkit

Youth Count Texas Toolkit LogoIn the official Youth Count Texas! Toolkit, you will find resources on how you can join us in this initiative to better support youth experiencing housing instability and homelessness. The Toolkit includes surveys, training materials, information on best practices, debriefing materials, and more!


Creating a Culture of Care Initiative Evaluation Report

Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 4.03.00 PMThis report presents a thorough evaluation of the Creating a Culture of Care initiative, a collaborative effort between TNOYS and the University of Texas’ Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to impact how youth in Texas residential treatment centers receive care. The report includes key findings from quantitative and qualitative research that measured seclusion and restraint reporting and documented organizational changes at 11 intensive sites that were part of the initiative. The findings serve as important evidence that organizational culture change to reduce seclusion/restraint use at residential treatment centers can occur successfully.


Creating a Culture of Care Videos
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We have created two videos featuring TNOYS staff expert Jack Nowicki as well as staff from a participating residential treatment center (RTCs), Helping Hand Home for Children. These tools provide a firsthand look at how to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint at RTCs by implementing trauma-informed practices.



Nothing About Us Without Us, TAYF Planning Phase Evaluation Report
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This evaluation report of the Planning Phase of the Houston/Harris County Transition-Age Youth and Families initiative offers findings, insights, and recommendations for organizations, funders, and youth/caregiver leaders working to engage youth and families in service planning and delivery.  it captures the work of TNOYS and 8 Houston organizations over a 6-month planning period.




TAYF Literature Review Series

Harris Transition Coalition_LogoWhen embarking on the TAYF project, TNOYS staff first conducted a review of academic literature on youth engagement, particularly as it relates to peer leader roles. We summarized the findings of this review and made them available for the benefit of any organizations that are working to engage youth.



Services To At Risk Youth (“STAR”) Briefing Paper
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This briefing paper, authored by Jack Nowicki, addresses the history, design, and importance of the STAR program.








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