In late 2016, TNOYS kicked off a collaborative initiative in Central Texas designed to integrate youth engagement with principles of trauma-informed care. Through the project, funded by a grant from the St. David’s Foundation, TNOYS has collaborated with partner organizations to conduct quality trainings and support integration of these principles into the delivery of youth services.
One of the key principles of trauma-informed care is to give people being served input into the services and decisions that affect their lives. Youth engagement, peer support, strengths-based practice, and positive youth development are all critical elements of a strong program that is trauma informed. Click here to learn more about the Recovery through Participation key concepts.
Youth services providers in Central Texas have experienced both challenges and successes in regard to working in partnership with youth and working to incorporate their voices consistently into program design and service delivery. Recovery Through Participation gave these providers a platform to share their experiences with others and the chance to help the Central Texas youth services community enhance its integration of youth engagement and trauma-informed care.
Read a recap of the successes and lessons learned after Year 2 of the project.
Read the press release about the St. David’s grant that made Recovery Through Participation possible.
Download a handout on key concepts and a key resources list.
Learn about the research that supports integrating youth engagement into service delivery.
Access TNOYS’ Youth Engagement Toolkit, which contains a series of materials and resources to help organizations incorporate youth engagement into their work.
Check out TNOYS’ other youth engagement efforts and resources.
The partners who joined us have been critical to the success of Recovery Through Participation:
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health and ACCEPT
City of Houston Health and Human Services Dept. Peer Wellness Program
Austin Child Guidance Center
Austin Healthy Adolescent/Peer to Peer
Communities in Schools of Central Texas
Connections Individual and Family Services
El Buen Samaritano
Jane’s Due Process
People’s Community Clinic
Travis County Health and Human Services/The Children’s Partnership
Training and Consultation
If you are interested in bringing the Recovery Through Participation training curriculum to your community, please contact Lara O’Toole.