Young Adult Leadership Council

In 2018, TNOYS  established a Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) to engage youth and young adult leaders from our member organizations across Texas. YALC members help guide TNOYS’ work and influence the direction of youth services in Texas, through both policy and practice. YALC members are young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 who have experience with foster care, homelessness, juvenile justice system involvement, or other at-risk situations, and who have a demonstrated interest in or potential for leadership or advocacy.

Empowerment and supportive relationships are two key factors that research demonstrates foster resilience in youth who have experienced abuse and other trauma. YALC members gain tangible skills for self-advocacy and for leadership in their communities through activities such as co-hosting trainings, providing technical assistance, and testifying at legislative hearings. 

The YALC also puts youth/adult partnerships and youth voice into action at TNOYS and helps to build state systems that facilitate youth/adult partnerships and value youth voice. TNOYS offers competitive compensation to YALC members for their contributions.

Please contact Lyric Wardlow at lwardlow@tnoys.org for more information about the YALC.