Posts By: Sondra Lehmann

Christine Gendron to Conclude Her Tenure as TNOYS’ Executive Director

After eight years with TNOYS, Executive Director Christine Gendron gave the TNOYS Board of Directors one year’s notice in August 2019 that she’d be stepping down from the organization in August 2020. TNOYS has grown substantially under Christine’s leadership, and her work has greatly strengthened our mission, services, and partnerships. TNOYS is excited to build… Read more »

Improving Equity in Shelters for Texas’ Transgender Youth

This post was authored by Alex Polk, as a follow-up to his previous piece on supporting LGBTQ youth. In researching this post, Alex drew from his own experience as an advocate, as well as multiple conversations with youth who identify as transgender and have lived experiences with homelessness.   Here at TNOYS, we’re encouraged by… Read more »

Member Spotlight: The Montrose Center

Our latest member spotlight is on The Montrose Center, a Houston- based organization that provides community support and care for LGBTQ individuals. The Montrose Center is one of several TNOYS member organizations working to improve equity for a diverse population of youth, including those in the LGBTQ community. Their Youth Services programming is an excellent… Read more »

TNOYS Awarded Funding to Mobilize Youth and Family Participation in the 2020 Census

We’re excited to announce that TNOYS was one of 28 Texas organizations to be awarded funds by The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Texas Communities Count initiative. This statewide initiative aims to ensure that every Texan is counted in the 2020 census, with a particular focus on hard-to-count (HTC) populations, communities, and geographic… Read more »

Member Spotlight: How Lived Experience is Informing the SAFE Alliance’s CARES Program

  In our final blog post as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we sat down with Allison Franklin, Senior Director of CARES for TNOYS member organization SAFE Alliance. Allison is an experienced leader and advocate for youth victims of commercial sexual exploitation, having worked with The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and advocated for policy changes… Read more »

Member Spotlight: HCPS’ TRIAD Care Coordination

In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, TNOYS is profiling member agencies and organizations working to tackle this important issue. One such agency, TRIAD, is a branch of Harris County Protective Services (HCPS). TRIAD acts as the Care Coordinator for Harris County’s multi-disciplinary team (MDT).  Care coordination is an effort spearheaded by the Texas Governor’s… Read more »

Member Spotlight: Clothed by Faith

TNOYS member Clothed by Faith was created when founder Abi Fourie noticed a growing need for suitable clothing for children experiencing poverty. As a recent expat from the U.K., Abi was surprised to learn the extent to which poverty was an issue in her community — even within the affluent areas surrounding her new home… Read more »

Taking a Youth-Focused Approach to Disaster Response and Collaboration

Last week, TNOYS convened stakeholders working to protect youth during natural disasters. Cross-systems collaboration is important to us at TNOYS, and this event was a unique opportunity for experts in emergency response, child welfare, disaster relief, and others to discuss best practices and build relationships. Texas unfortunately leads the nation in natural disasters, with one… Read more »

Young Adult Staff Members Enhance TNOYS’ Work

For many years, TNOYS has been committed to elevating youth voice and advancing youth engagement in decisions that impact their lives. We do this through a variety of programs, such as our Youth in Action Capitol Day and Young Adult Leadership Council, and in the way we incorporate youth as equal participants in our Annual… Read more »