Registration Now Open: Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas

TNOYS is pleased to partner with the Austin Child Guidance Center to bring you the Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas. This two-day conference on March 30-31st will focus on trauma and trauma-informed care and will provide expert guidance and education on the effects of trauma, as well as evidence-based practices in recognizing and treating trauma…. Read more »

Youth and Families Fall Celebration

The Youth and Caring Councils that we facilitate as part of the Hogg Foundation’s Harris County Transition- Age Youth and Families Initiative recently held a fun and exciting Fall Celebration and Open House for the community on October 28th at the United Way of Greater Houston. The celebration was to thank everyone involved in the TAYF… Read more »

New Hogg Foundation Podcast with LaQuinton

The Hogg Foundation has recently released a new podcast series that attempts to  open up conversation around mental health. The series is titled “Into The Fold” and their pilot episode was recorded with our very own youth consultant LaQuinton Wagner.  The Hogg communication team discussed  some of the challenges on the subject of transition-age-youth, and… Read more »

Let’s Get Together (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!)

On Wednesday, May 7ththe Travis County Collaborative for Children (TCCC) convened an introductory seminar on Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). The all-day event was held at Grace Covenant Church in Austin, TX and was co-sponsored by Greenlights , an innovative Austin-base non-profit that specializes in organizational development. The TCCC is interested in reframing Texas’ approach to mental… Read more »

Peer Support Specialists Playing a Key Role in Leadership Group

Two exciting developments were noted at the Seclusion and Restraint Reduction (SRR) Leadership Group’s quarterly meeting on April 10. First, attendees included a large contingent of peer support specialists from Austin State Hospital and San Antonio State Hospital. Peer support specialists are individuals with a lived experience of a mental health disorder who have progressed… Read more »

Evaluating Advocacy

With Texas’ 84th Legislative Session beginning in only 8 months, it is not too early to begin planning our advocacy activities! At TNOYS, as well as in many of our member organizations, we engage in advocacy in order to impact changes in state policy that will help empower youth to succeed. By building strategic relationships… Read more »

30 Years of P.E.A.K.S. Success !

After 30 years, the PEAKS program is still going strong! Although I have been participating as a PEAKS volunteer for a long time, this was my first time being the PEAKS Camp Director. Even though my role has changed, the experience stayed challenging and empowering! I love PEAKS because it is a great program that… Read more »

Coalition Again Urges Governor Perry to Ban Taser and Pepper Spray Use in Schools

No response to initial request despite new Tasing incident this week; mounting evidence these weapons pose extreme danger to children Austin, TX – A coalition of advocacy organizations concerned with student safety is again urging Governor Rick Perry to declare a moratorium on the use of Tasers and pepper spray on Texas students. A similar… Read more »

No April Fools Here: Finding Common Ground and Building Community

     The Harris County Transition-Age Youth and Families Initiative is an opportunity for youth, young adults, parents/caregivers, and service providers to come together to support mental health during the transition into adulthood.  A six-month planning phase is drawing to a close, but the initiative is one that will continue to grow and change over… Read more »