Working to secure a successful future for young people can be inspiring, rewarding, fun – and also challenging. In a state as vast as Texas, it’s not always easy for youth services professionals to feel connected to colleagues in other communities, or to the legislators who are making important policy decisions that impact their work.
Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) was founded over 30 years ago to help meet that need – creating a network for youth services providers to learn from and support each other. We are proud to have just hosted our 33rd annual conference on services for youth and families, and to be entering the upcoming Texas legislative session as the only organization representing the voice of our state’s youth services providers at the state Capitol.
The stronger our network, the better able we are to serve our members, and that’s why it’s so critical for organizations across the state to join us. Fall is the season for our annual membership drive, when we encourage new organizations to join us and current members to renew. So, we are spending some time right now sharing information about the benefits we offer to youth-serving organizations and their staff, including:
- Free and discounted trainings and events featuring the latest research- and evidence-based practices (many including CEUs),
- Discounts on services and subscriptions, such as KaleidaCare software, Praesidium consulting services, Youth Today magazine, and The Chronicle of Social Change,
- Opportunities to share thoughts and concerns on issues like funding shortfalls and regulatory challenges – and have them represented to leaders who can create change, and
- Access to TNOYS experts that can share guidance on program development, change management, fundraising, and other challenges organizations can face.
Visit our website to get more details about membership, hear from current members about the benefits they get from being part of TNOYS, and fill out an application to join.
At TNOYS, we believe we’re all stronger when we come together to solve common problems. And ultimately, it’s not just service providers who get value from our network – it’s also the youth who receive enhanced services, and all Texans who benefit from living in a state where young people have a better chance at growing into healthy, successful adults.
We encourage our state’s youth-serving organizations to join us and add to the amazing community of providers working to improve the lives of Texas’ most vulnerable young people. Click here to join today.