Agenda/Featured Speakers


Tuesday, June 25th

8:00am: On-site registration for institutes


  • Institute #1 Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) in Youth Services
  • Institute #2 Trauma Responsive Care: TBRI® with Child Sex Trafficking Victims

3:00pm-6:00pm: Early Check-In/Conference Registration

5:00pm-8:45pm: TNOYS Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation)

Wednesday, June 26

8:00am-9:00am: Registration Open

9:00am-10:15am: Welcome + Keynote

  • Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution with Spencer Tillman, Super Bowl Champion, College Football Analyst, and Best-Selling Author

Professional Track:

Featuring select programming designed for youth service providers and stakeholders

10:30am-12:00pm: Workshops

12:15pm-1:45pm: Lunch on your own

  • 12:30pm-1:30pm: Safety Nets Subgrant Recipient Networking Lunch (by invitation)

2:00pm-3:30pm: Workshops

3:45pm-5:00pm: General Session

  • The Resilience Code: 5 Powerful Secrets to Building Resilience in Everyone with Frank Kros, Child Advocate and Neuroscience Expert

Youth Leadership Track:

Featuring a variety of interactive skill-building sessions designed for youth/young adults

10:30am-11:00am: Youth Orientation

11:00am-12:00pm: Core Workshop

12:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch Break + Youth Café

  • Special Activity with Kelly Opot and Megan Davis, Harris County Youth Collective

2:10pm-2:55pm: Workshops

3:00pm-3:45pm: Workshops

3:50pm-5:00pm: Closing Interactive and Creative Session

  • FLY Dance Company with Jorge Casco and Dance Crew

5:30pm-7:00pm: TNOYS Member Reception (open to all members)

Thursday, June 27

All sessions are open to all, professionals and youth

8:00am-9:00am: Registration Open

9:00am-10:30am: General Session

  • Lock Her Up or Love Her Up? with Alyssa Beck, Survivor Advocate
  • Special Performance

10:45am-12:15pm: Workshops

12:15pm-1:30pm: Member Awards Luncheon and Performance (open to all) 

  • Special Performance by Christopher “YungChris” Thomas, Sonkiss’d Dance Theater
  • A Word from Our Presenting Sponsor: Robert Ellis, CEO of Pegasus Schools Inc.

1:45pm-3:15pm: Workshops

3:30pm-5:00pm: Workshops

5:30pm-6:30pm: Special Residential Provider Networking Meeting (open to all)

Friday, June 28

All sessions are open to all, professionals and youth

8:30am-9:00am: Registration Open

9:00am-10:30am: Workshops

10:45am-12:15pm: Keynote and Performance

  • Featuring Art Acevedo, Chief of Houston Police Department
  • The Power of Your Story by Marlon Lizama, Spoken Word Artist, Iconoclast Artists
Featured Speakers

Featured Wednesday Keynote: Frank Kros

Frank is a worldwide speaker. His engaging presentations focus on “Helping Adults Help Kids” through an understanding of neuroscience and its practical application to everyday practices with children and youth. Frank is a career child advocate, who has served as a childcare worker, child abuse investigator, children’s home administrator, consultant, college professor, attorney, writer and speaker. Frank most recently served as president of the Transformation Education Institute (formerly The Upside Down Organization), Director of the National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN) and Executive Vice President of the TranZed Alliance.


Featured Wednesday Keynote: Spencer Tillman

Spencer Tillman is a master motivator, able to engage leaders on how to lead success-fully when the pressure is on, how to disengage and defeat the opposition, and how to develop into an influential leader. Spencer is a former NFL athlete, Super Bowl champion, college football analyst, best-selling author, and motivational speaker. Tillman delivers relevant, potent solutions on professional development for corporate and non-profit leaders and staff.



Featured Thursday Keynote: Alyssa Beck

Alyssa is a survivor advocate in the anti-human trafficking field. With incredible honesty, passion, and insight, she shares her story throughout the country and through media interviews, including on 48 Hours, TEDx, and PBS. Alyssa advises leaders in the human trafficking and juvenile justice fields through her connections with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in Jacksonville, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council, and as a Department of Juvenile Justice Youth Ambassadors for the state of Florida. She aims to change human trafficking laws and promote justice for children who are sent to jail. Learn more at: 


Thursday Luncheon Keynote

Art Acevedo was sworn in as Chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD) on November 30, 2016. Chief Acevedo leads a department of 5,200 sworn law enforcement officers and 1,200 civilian support personnel with an annual general fund budget of $825 million in the fourth largest city in the United States. Chief Acevedo believes good communication is vital for a successful community and steadily works to strengthen the bond between the community and its police department.  A proponent of community policing, Chief Acevedo refers to the proven practice as “Relational Policing,” an opportunity to forge a relationship with each citizen an officer comes in contact with. 


Featured Friday Keynote

Marlon Lizama is a poet/artist that focuses on the cultural aspect of writing and the arts. Coming to the United States at the age of 9, he discovered himself in the sub-culture called Hip Hop. Joining a group which quickly became world renowned through competition, theater, workshops, and cultural exchange programs, Havikoro represented a group of young dancers, poets, and artists that put Houston on the world culture map. Marlon has been to over 40 countries through competition, performances, poetry shows, and through working with the state department. He is currently being supported by St. Paul’s Methodist through an artist in residence program in Houston, where he is creating a writing program that works with youth from all over the city.