Posts By: Sondra Lehmann

That’s a Wrap! Recap: Day 3 of “Stronger Together” Conference

  What better way to bring people together than with the power of music? That’s how we ended this year’s conference, reinforcing our “Stronger Together” theme and sending everyone home energized and excited.   Patrick “Pac Man” Perez injected a dose of energy into the closing keynote session by leading the crowd through different generations’ signature… Read more »

Kicking Things Off in Houston – Recap: Day 1 of “Stronger Together” Conference

  Phew! Day 1 of TNOYS’ 33rd annual conference was jam-packed with exciting, educational and motivational speakers and workshops that truly embodied this year’s conference theme, “Stronger Together.”   The day started off with the inspiring – and entertaining – opening keynote speaker Tara Brown (also known as The Connection Coach). She challenged the audience… Read more »

3 New Features of This Year’s TNOYS Conference – and Some Returning Favorites

  Anyone who’s been to the TNOYS annual conference knows it’s full of energizing, eye-opening presentations and lots of great opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the state. Who can forget the dancing (and singing) along with closing keynote Nina Rodriguez last year? But for our 33rd year of the event, coming up August… Read more »

A Derby Hat Party to Benefit TNOYS

The generosity of our supporters helps us continue our work on behalf of youth in Texas. We cannot be thankful enough for the individuals who are as dedicated as we are to strengthening, supporting, and protecting critical services for Texas youth and their families to ensure their success. On May 7, TNOYS saw this charitable… Read more »

Through Their Eyes: Experiencing Homelessness as a Youth

LifeWorks is a member agency of TNOYS that provides homeless youth and young adults with transitional apartment-based living in Austin, Texas. Many of these youth were previously in the foster care system and/or are young parents. The organization’s goal is to build self-sufficiency, with a focus on attaining stable, affordable housing, education, and workforce goals…. Read more »

Building A Community Together at Our Spring Membership Meeting

TNOYS had our Spring Membership Meeting on February 11, 2016 with over 50 attendees representing 30 organizations. The event gave our members the opportunity to network with one another and participate in informative discussions and trainings that strengthened our shared vision to help young people lead healthy and fulfilling lives. The morning started off with… Read more »

A Community Coming Together to Make Youth Count

Below are photos of some of the children who attended the Youth Count Texas! event in Victoria, Texas in February. The first thing you’d notice when entering the Youth Count Texas! event in Victoria, Texas was the flurry of activity. There were numerous organizations that had tables set up with information about health care, the… Read more »

Connecting Youth to the Resources They Need

Michael Guinn is a man of many titles, some of which include social worker, youth poetry promoter, and youth empowerment specialist. He is also a housing coach for youth aging out of foster care. More than one in five youth become homeless after aging out of the foster care system at the age of eighteen—Michael… Read more »