Young Adult Leadership Council

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 10 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, or systems-involvement, and who have a demonstrated interest in or potential for leadership or advocacy. Learn more about the 2021 YALC cohort here.

Opportunities for leadership 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 leadership in their communities through activities such as co-hosting trainings, storytelling, and testifying at legislative hearings.

Join the Spring 2022 Cohort of TNOYS’ YALC

Calling all youth and young adult leaders! TNOYS is now accepting applications for our Spring 2022 Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) cohort.

We’re seeking applicants aged 16 – 25 who have lived experience in systems such as housing and homelessness services, child welfare, and juvenile justice. If you know of or work with youth and young adults who have demonstrated an interest in leadership and advocacy, we encourage you to share the application, or apply below! Please email if you have questions.