Pre-Conference Institutes

TNOYS is excited to host four engaging pre-conference institutes on Tuesday, June 8. The institutes are virtual, full-day sessions that offer the chance for in-depth training. Three pre-conference institutes are open to both conference attendees and those who will not be attending the full conference. The cost is $50 for conference attendees and $100 for individuals attending the pre-conference institutes only. 

Note that while the full conference is open to both professionals and youth, pre-conference institutes are open to professionals only. Register for the conference and pre-conference institutes here.

Pre-Conference Institute #1: The Equity Chair for Leadership Teams

  • Date: Tuesday, June 8
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual format. We will follow up with details on how to access this institute virtually
  • Cost: $50 for conference attendees, $100 for non-attendees

This two-part training is designed to help participants take active roles as inclusive leaders in order to engage their organizations in diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and values. Part 1 focuses on disrupting organizational norms and learning how to navigate mainstream nonprofits through a cultural conscious perspective. Main topics include culturally relevant leadership, speaking your truth, confronting tokenism, among others. Part 2 focuses on understanding the characteristics of an inclusive leader and how to create cultural shifts in your organization through your leadership.

Main topics include racial equity & why it matters, navigating majority culture, & leaving your legacy on an organization. This training is intended for leadership teams, and we encourage participants to attend in teams of 3 or 4 including an executive-level staff, a higher-level staff, & a board member.

Presented by Paulina Artieda, The New Philanthropists

Pre-Conference Institute #2: Introduction to Youth Thrive

  • Date: Tuesday, June 8
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual format. We will follow up with details on how to access this institute virtually
  • Cost: $50 for conference attendees, $100 for non-attendees

Developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), Youth Thrive™ is an approach that uses the latest science to identify protective and promotive factors that increase the likelihood that adolescents can develop into healthy, thriving adults. Youth Thrive™ is an approach that is relevant to everyone who works with young people, including public child welfare system administrators, supervisors and caseworkers, teachers, staff at private agencies and nonprofits, judges and legal advocates, parents, caregivers, and more. This session will offer an introduction to the Youth Thrive™ curriculum. TNOYS will offer the full three-day training in fall 2021.

Presented by Josue Rodriguez, Prince Hayward, and Lyric Wardlow, TNOYS

Pre-Conference Institute #3: Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Identification Tool (CSE-IT) User Training

Please note: this institute is only available to conference attendees.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 8
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual format. We will follow up with details on how to access this institute virtually
  • Cost: Free for conference attendees

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Identification Tool (CSE-IT) is a research-based screening tool that helps improve early identification of Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth (CSEY). The tool is appropriate for use by any provider serving youth, including child welfare workers, probation officers, mental health clinicians, and first responders. In Texas, CSE-IT is integrated within Lighthouse, an innovative software platform that enables users to complete screenings online and access and analyze CSE-IT data at any time. In this training, participants will become certified users of both the CSE-IT and the Lighthouse platform.

Presented by Christian Benavides, Office of the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team; Dana Hill, Alex Polk, and Ann-Charlotte Proffitt, TNOYS; Becky Austen, Allies Against Slavery

Pre-Conference Institute #4: Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®): Practical Applications

  • Date: Tuesday, June 8
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual format. We will follow up with details on how to access this institute virtually.
  • Cost: $50 for conference attendees, $100 for non-attendees

Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) is a holistic, evidence-based, attachment-based and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of “children from hard places.” Children/Youth from hard places have changes in their bodies, brains, behaviors and beliefs systems. Connection is at the core of relationships which are vital to creating a safe space for a child/adolescent to heal from trauma. This session will focus on practical applications of TBRI® principles in a variety of settings, including drop in centers/outreach, emergency shelters, transitional care, and the juvenile justice sector.


Following an engaging day of pre-conference institutes, TNOYS will host a networking event for attendees on Tuesday June 8 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Stay tuned for more details!

Register for pre-conference institutes and the complete conference below.

Register by April 30 to secure the early bird rate.