TAY-ATX is a revival! In 2008 Ready by 21 was active in Austin Texas with 3 work groups (Employment, Education, Mental Health). The group made some major leaps for services in the area and developed a guide for safe boarding homes, clarified school policies for foster youth, developed a checklist for transitioning youth, and even coordinated mentor opportunities for youth in care and aging out. With so much focus on foster youth aging out another work group was formed to focus efforts there. Ready by 21 wrapped up in Austin but there was a surviving Foster Care work group continued to meet regularly until our leadership retired. The group was about to fizzle out but surveys showed that people wanted to get together and wanted this to be a working group – to accomplish something beyond just networking! .... So we had a revival!
Co-Chairs Erin Argue (Partnerships for Children) & Shannon Mann (Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing) met with Camille Clark (LifeWorks) and learned that the Trauma Informed Care Consortium was looking to develop a committee focused on transition age youth services. It did not take long to recognize that our efforts would be better together. Soon afterwards we held our first meeting with a handful of organizations and finalized our name - TAY ATX Collaborative (Transition Age Youth Austin TX). Under the combined forces we held our first Strategic Planning session in December with Upbring and developed a plan of action for 2018.
GOAL: All 150,000 youth transitioning to adulthood in Travis County are stably housed, engaged in school/work, and socially connected.
Read more from the planning session and notes from recent meetings!