Posts By: Sondra Lehmann

This Year’s TEHCY Program Summit Puts a “Spotlight on Resilience”

During the 3rd week of September, TNOYS partnered with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to host the Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program Summit, convening more than 1,200 youth-serving professionals from across Texas. Over two days, attendees gained valuable training on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and opportunities to learn alongside youth… Read more »

Deadline Updates: 2020 Census Cuts Operations Short

Organizations throughout the country, including Texas youth and family service providers, have been actively outreaching to hard-to-count communities since mid-March to ensure that everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. Now with only six weeks left due to a shortened timeline (see below), Texas needs everyone to help with a final push to get our… Read more »

Back to School Resource Round-up for Youth Services Providers

In preparation for back to school, many youth and family services providers are making plans to ensure that remote learning runs smoothly, that youth stay healthy, and that they are connected to resources for academic success.  TNOYS is compiling relevant information for stakeholders, including TNOYS members and other first responders, as they work to assist… Read more »

Helping Youth with Back-to-School During COVID-19

Back-to-school can be a challenging time for Texas’ most vulnerable students. This year, the coronavirus pandemic means that many youth are facing new or intensified challenges as they resume classes, including housing and food insecurity, mental health challenges, and difficulty with remote learning. Recently, TNOYS sat down with two organizations supporting youth in both high… Read more »

Introducing the TEHCY Program Summit Speakers

TNOYS is excited to partner with Texas Education Agency (TEA) for this year’s virtual Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program Summit, coming up Tuesday, September 15 and Thursday, September 17.  We invite you to join us for two days of sessions, speakers, and activities that will explore the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and strategies to… Read more »

TNOYS Distributes Supplies and Mini-Grants to Assist Organizations During COVID-19

TNOYS has been hard at work over the past several months helping member organizations to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting in March, TNOYS worked with the Office of the Texas Governor, Hogg Foundation, and the Children’s Justice Act Task Force to purchase supplies and distribute mini-grants to help organizations meet the needs of youth in… Read more »

Member Spotlight: DETCOG Gets Out the Count for Census 2020

One of TNOYS’ priority areas is improving equity in systems, and the 2020 Census is an important tool to ensure that young people have equitable access to services— both in Texas and across the country. An undercount could mean that Texas loses out on millions of dollars in funding for education, healthcare, public transportation, and… Read more »

TNOYS is Excited to Welcome Fedora Galasso as Our New Executive Director

The TNOYS Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Fedora Galasso as the organization’s new Executive Director. “Fedora was selected after an extensive search,” said TNOYS Board Chair Joel Levine, “her impressive background, proven leadership skills, and deeply-held commitment to Texas’ young people make her the perfect candidate to lead TNOYS into the future.” Fedora joins TNOYS with… Read more »

TNOYS’ 37th Annual Conference Inspires Youth and Professionals to “Make Their Mark”

Last month, TNOYS’ 37th Annual Conference on Services to Youth and Families convened more than 500 youth and family service stakeholders from across Texas for our first fully virtual conference. Over three days, professionals and youth explored how they can tap into their unique strengths and talents and ultimately “Make Their Mark” on the future… Read more »

Our Staff Picks for TNOYS’ 37th Annual Conference

TNOYS’ Annual Conference is right around the corner, and our team is looking forward to all the fun and learning that’s in store! The focus of the conference aligns with TNOYS’ strategic plan, and two important topics— equity and youth voice— are central to this year’s agenda. We’re looking forward to sessions such as Mia… Read more »