Posts By: Sondra Lehmann

TNOYS Launches Multi-City Listening Tour in Advance of the 88th Texas Legislative Session

TNOYS amplifies youth and provider voices as part of work to develop a youth-centered, cross-systems policy agenda. Austin – This week, Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) kicks off a multi-city listening tour to hear from youth, young adults, and youth-serving providers within seven system areas: housing & homelessness services, child welfare, juvenile justice, health and mental health, education,… Read more »

Youth Advocate Spotlight: Kedrick Spivey On What He Hopes to Change for CWOP-Designated Youth

TNOYS recently caught up with Kedrick Spivey to discuss a topic that has generated a fresh round of news coverage throughout Texas: the rise in foster youth being designated Children Without Placement (CWOP) because they have been placed in temporary emergency care in an unlicensed placement.  CWOP is typically viewed as a last resort to… Read more »

TNOYS Relaunches the Statewide Collaborative on Youth Homelessness

In February, TNOYS was excited to relaunch the Statewide Collaborative on Youth Homelessness after a 2-year hiatus. The collaborative’s first meeting of 2022 welcomed more than 100 state agency leaders, service providers, and members of TNOYS’ Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) to build alignment as we work to prevent and end youth homelessness in Texas…. Read more »

End of Year Highlights: Reflecting on 2021

With 2021 drawing to a close, there is a lot for TNOYS and our member network to reflect on and celebrate. Through all of the year’s challenges and opportunities, we could not be more grateful for the many partners and youth who made a direct impact on TNOYS’ work. We’re excited to share some of… Read more »

How TNOYS Put Youth Engagement Into Action in 2021

2021 was a year of growth for TNOYS’ work to more meaningfully center and amplify the voices of youth and young adults (YYA). From listening sessions and focus groups to leadership development training, these efforts were guided by our Youth Engagement Roadmap — a new blueprint for how TNOYS can engage YYAs, learn directly from… Read more »

Celebrating Latine/Latinx Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, people across the country and beyond are celebrating Latine Heritage Month. Here at TNOYS, we think it is important to recognize this occasion as our state of Texas boasts one of the largest Latine populations in the nation. (Please note: this article uses the term ‘Latine’ as a gender-neutral… Read more »

The Road to Today’s TNOYS Young Adult Leadership Council

In 2018, TNOYS launched the Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) to engage youth and young adult leaders with lived experiences from across Texas. The first iteration of the YALC served as an advisory council for TNOYS as the organization took intentional steps to solidify its youth and young adult network.  With the arrival of TNOYS’… Read more »

What is CSE-IT? And Why Should My Organization Get Certified to Use It?

For the past three years, TNOYS has worked closely with the Office of the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team to build Texas’ capacity to provide high-quality services for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CSEY) survivors. In our work across the state, the TNOYS team has provided training and technical assistance to youth-serving providers and… Read more »

Grow Your Impact with TNOYS

With the start of our new fiscal year, TNOYS looks forward to new collaborations alongside our network of over 100 organizations and individual advocates. We are proud to represent and collaborate with a range of organizations working in every Texas region across TNOYS’ seven system areas: child welfare, housing and homelessness services, victim and survivor… Read more »