33rd Annual PEAKS Camp Teaches Youth and Adults Valuable Lessons

For over 30 years, PEAKS Adventure Camp has provided an opportunity for teens in foster care to have a traditional camp experience, learning to overcome challenges and build partnerships with adults as they prepare to enter adulthood. This year, a last-minute budget shortfall threatened to keep TNOYS from hosting PEAKS Camp, but thanks to a… Read more »

DFPS and TNOYS Offer Multi-City Training on Runaway Prevention

In 2017, 1,700 youth in foster care in Texas ran away, and for many it wasn’t the first time they had done so. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has launched an effort to better understand why youth run from care and how they can better support these youth to prevent them… Read more »

TNOYS Member Organizations Share Best Practices at the Texas Capitol

One of the many benefits TNOYS offers our member organizations is assistance making their voices heard in policy decisions that impact their work. Last month, we hosted one of the most important events that helps us do that, our biennial Member Advocacy Day and Innovation & Excellence Showcase at the Texas State Capitol. The day… Read more »

TNOYS Executive Director Joins NN4Y Board of Directors

TNOYS and our members are proud to have led many statewide efforts here in Texas to combat youth homelessness, from conducting the Youth Count! Texas survey to launching Texas’ Statewide Workgroup for Youth Homelessness. But it’s critical that we are also plugged in to efforts at the national level, to ensure that we stay abreast… Read more »

Youth in Action Capitol Day 2019

Since the start of the 86thTexas Legislature this January, TNOYS has been at the forefront in engaging youth and young adults from our member and partner organizations in the legislative process. Through opportunities to give testimony during legislative hearings and at our February 1stYouth in Action Capitol Day, youth have been able to share their… Read more »

Training and Consultation to Strengthen Safety Nets Across the Gulf Coast

Since its inception in September, 2018, the Safety Net for Students and Families initiative has hosted 10 training events in cities and communities across the Gulf Coast region to support partnerships among school and district personnel as well as youth and homeless services providers as well as build critical skills to support youth and families who… Read more »

How TNOYS Member Organizations Are Fighting Sex Trafficking of Youth in Texas

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Texas, a reflection of the deep commitment held by our state’s leaders to ending child sex trafficking. The designation, first made by the Legislature in 2015 and championed by Governor. Greg Abbott, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the problem and solutions to address it. Several of… Read more »