Legislative Update: Bills Pertaining to Youth Services

In legislation news, a collection of bills resulting from recommendation from the Sunset Advisory Commission that would change and further consolidate health and human service agencies were filed earlier this month. Senator Jane Nelson, R- Flower Mound, who also is the Senate Finance chairwoman, filed Senate Bill (SB) 200 that transforms the Health and Human… Read more »

Call to Action: Call Senator Cornyn and Tell Him to Support Homeless Youth!

There is nothing partisan or controversial about supporting outreach, crisis services and housing for America’s homeless youth.  In fact, providing these supports and services saves lives, prevents further trauma, and reconnects families.  This is what we need you to say to Senator Cornyn when you call him.  Tell him to support S. 262, the Runaway… Read more »

Welcome April to the TNOYS team!

Please help us in welcoming April Ferrino to the TNOYS team. We are thrilled she has joined us as our new Senior Policy and Evaluation Specialist. In her new role, April will help lead our advocacy efforts, evaluate our initiatives, and work with our members across the state to strengthen their programs through evaluation and… Read more »

Legislative Session is in Full Swing – Join us for a legislative primer and update webinar March 11th!

It has been a very busy month as the 84th Texas Legislative Session is in full swing. Since session began, TNOYS board members, staff and member agency representatives have attended hearings, testified before committees and visited legislative offices in support of youth services and programs. TNOYS is monitoring bill filing and tracking bills that could… Read more »

What in the World is TIP? How Can it Help our Youth & Programs?

By Laquinton Wagner, TNOYS Youth Consultant and Co-Chair of the Transition Age Youth and Families Initiative’s Youth Council From January 27th-29th, TNOYS hosted the first series of TIP Model Trainings in Houston for the Transition Age Youth and Families (TAYF) Initiative. Our guest speaker was TNOYS’ friend Marc Fagan with the Transition to Independence Process… Read more »

Update on Federal Legislation and Advocacy Opportunities

As we are gearing up for the 84th Texas Regular Legislative Session in January, it’s easy to forget that there are also important policy changes being made at the federal level. Our partners at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) have asked us to get involved in advocacy on… Read more »

TNOYS is Gearing Up for Another Big Legislative Session

The 84th Texas Legislative Session is right around the corner and TNOYS is gearing up to to protect important programs and improve policies that will create a better Texas for young people.   Join us this session by speaking out and distributing our legislative agenda, purchasing PEI Postcards and sending them to your policymakers, and participating… Read more »

Join us for a Foster Care Redesign Provider Meeting – Regions 4 & 5

Join us for a Foster Care Redesign Provider Meeting for Regions 4 and 5.  TNOYS is partnering with Boys Haven to host this meeting to help providers prepare for the rollout of Foster Care Redesign. The meeting is Wednesday, January 28th from 10am to 1pm in Lufkin at Central Church of Christ, 711 N. Second St.,… Read more »

It’s that time again! Renew your membership today.

We work every day to ensure that youth and families have what they need to thrive.  Your membership support is key to our success.  As a member, you strengthen our voice at the Capitol and across the state. As a member, here are some of the benefits you will receive: Advocacy for our members –… Read more »