Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS)
The Texas Network of Youth Services advocates for funding, policies, and programs that benefit youth who are struggling, their families, and the organizations that serve them. TNOYS offers an Advocacy Toolkit highlighting the following training areas: 5 Advocacy Rules, Pointers for Giving Legislative Testimony, Sample Meeting Agenda and Worksheet, and a Sample Meeting Request Form. TNOYS offers regularly scheduled trainings open to everyone, as well as an annual conference with over 40 workshops. TNOYS offers customized training sessions by request. Training topics include evidence-based practices, including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trust-Based Relation Intervention. Additional training topics include Recovery Through Participation, Creating a Culture of Care (uses SAMHSA's evidence-based Six Core Strategies model to support the principles of TIC to reduce use of seclusion and restrain practices), and PEAKS which integrates Positive Youth Development principles. The TNOYS Youth Engagement Workshop outlines basic steps for getting started with youth engagement. Assessment tools are available to determine readiness and progress, including tools for organizational staff, youth and caregiver participants. Information on how to best use the tools available are provided. The resource "Best Practices for Working with Youth" includes tips on building rapport and maintaining partnerships. "Simple Solutions for Youth Engagement" offers an outline on the elements for effective youth engagement. "Youth Voice in Court" is a video created by TNOYS to help legal professionals better understand how to give youth a voice in the child welfare system. Other resources addressing youth engagement in action are available to support program effectiveness. TNOYS highlights numerous best, promising and innovative practices in which they have partnered, including a collaborative project to reduce the risk of commercial sexual exploitation of youth. A robust and comprehensive library of publications, webinar recordings, as well as a youth engagement and youth homelessness resources are available. An Emergency Response Resource Center and directory are also available to support priority areas of youth advocacy.