TNOYS established the Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) to engage youth and young adult leaders from across Texas. YALC members help guide TNOYS’ work and influence the direction of youth services in Texas.
In 2020, TNOYS relaunched the YALC as a 9-month leadership development program, and the first cohort of the reimagined YALC kicked off in January 2021. YALC members are young adults between the ages of 16 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, storytelling, and testifying at legislative hearings.