In late 2016, TNOYS kicked off a new collaborative initiative in Central Texas designed to integrate youth engagement with principles of trauma-informed care. Through the project, funded by a grant from the St. David’s Foundation, TNOYS is collaborating with youth services providers and support the development and piloting of a peer counseling program in the region.
One of the key principles of trauma-informed care is to give people being served input into the services and decisions that affect their lives. Youth engagement, peer support, strengths-based practice, and positive youth development are all critical elements of a strong program that is trauma informed.
Youth services providers in Central Texas have experienced both challenges and successes in regard to working in partnership with youth and working to incorporate their voices consistently into program design and service delivery.
The partners who have joined us are critical to the success of Recovery Through Participation:
Communities in Schools of Central Texas
Garza High School, Communities in Schools Program
SAFE Austin + SAFE Austin’s Transitional Living & Supervised Independent Living Programs
Connections Individual and Family Services
Austin Child Guidance Center
Greater San Marcos Youth Council
Expect Respect Austin
Southwest Key Programs
Travis County Health and Human Services
Austin Healthy Adolescent
Read the press release about the St. David’s grant that made Recovery Through Participation possible.
Learn about TNOYS’ other youth engagement efforts.
Training and Consultation Series
TNOYS and our Recovery Through Participation partners will be offering a series of FREE training with CEUs as well as individualized consultation to help programs strengthen their youth engagement. Each training will be customized based on your input. The schedule is below (all events will take place in Austin, RSVP is required):
- Wednesday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Foundations of Youth Engagement, A Trauma-Informed Best Practice
- Wednesday, June 7, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Continuum of Youth Engagement Part 1: Trauma-Informed Ways to Gather Youth Input
- Wednesday, July 12, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Continuum of Youth Engagement Part 2: Youth-Driven Programming, Boards, and Evaluation
- Wednesday, August 9, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Continuum of Youth Engagement Part 3: Inspiring Recovery, Developing Peer Support Opportunities
Click here to download a flyer with more details on the events.