Posts By: Sondra Lehmann

How the YES Waiver is Enhancing Youth Access to Mental Health Services — And How It Can Be Improved

By Dr. Katherine Byers, TNOYS Director of Child Welfare Policy The absence of community based mental health care results in those who need treatment ending up instead in hospitals, on the streets, and in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. To help address this problem, Texas applied for and received the Youth Empowerment Services… Read more »

Member Spotlight: THRU Project

THRU Project, TNOYS’ newest member organization, was created after CEO Elaine Andries Hartle saw personally the lack of mentorship available to youth aging out of foster care to help them navigate the realities of adult life. “In my efforts to help my own teenage foster sons I learned about the resources available to them and… Read more »

First-Ever Leading Through Change Conference Provides Important Training for Nonprofit Executives

For several years, TNOYS has heard from our members and others that there simply are not enough opportunities for high-level leadership training and professional development in the nonprofit sector. In an effort to meet that need, TNOYS partnered with the RGK Center and St. David’s Church to host the first-ever Leading Through Change conference last week… Read more »

TNOYS’ Policy Director Leads Efforts to Improve Support for Transition-Age Foster Youth

We know that there is a lot of room for improvement when it comes to preparing foster youth in Texas for the transition to adulthood – youth who have aged out of the system disproportionately suffer from homelessness, unemployment, criminal involvement, and many other challenges. SB 1758, passed during the 2017 Texas Legislative Session, is… Read more »

New Rebuild Texas Fund Grants Will Allow TNOYS to Address Post-Harvey Youth Homelessness

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey hitting the Texas Gulf Coast, youth and their families in the area are continuing to feel the effects of the devastating storm. One of the most persistent challenges is homelessness, with many of those who were displaced still living without permanent, stable housing. We know that… Read more »

New Grant Allows El Buen Samaritano to Enhance Services to Latina Teens

Research shows that more than half of Latina girls get pregnant before age twenty and that teen pregnancy in Texas is predicted to continue increasing due to projected population growth of Latino adolescents. As an organization devoted to addressing the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Latino and other families in Central Texas, TNOYS member… Read more »

TNOYS’ 35th Annual Conference Enhanced by Focus on Youth Voice

Because youth voice is critical to TNOYS’ work, we have always included youth presenters at our Annual Conference, and we began inviting youth to participate alongside professional attendees two years ago. At our 35th Annual Conference, which took place in Houston last week, we wanted to take that participation even further and make it a… Read more »