Texas Youth Action Network
The Texas Youth Action Network (TYAN) promotes positive youth development and youth-adult partnerships.
Why Positive Youth Development?
Positive Youth Development (PYD):
- Guides communities in how to organize services, opportunities, and supports;
- Assists young people to reach their full potential through youth engagement; and
- Emphasizes a shift in working with youth by viewing youth as assets and not problems to fix.
PYD helps youth become contributing adults. Youth learn economic self-sufficiency, healthy family and social relationships, and community involvement. PYD focuses on building positive attitudes, skills, and behaviors. This reduces risky behaviors (Outley, 2018).
Why Youth-Adult Partnerships?
Trained caring adults support young people to impact communities in powerful, dynamic ways. Some of the ways are:
- Adults can understand problems better. They can think about solutions from the viewpoint of the young people affected.
- Young people benefit as well. Youth learn to be confident leaders. They develop the skills to tackle tough issues in their own lives and in the community.
Texas Youth Action Network
TYAN offers supports to help organizations build or expand Youth-Adult Partnerships (YAPs).
YAP goals are to:
- Empower youth; and
- Build programs and policies that are responsive to the needs of young people.
In the summer of 2022, TYAN officially launched Pods! What is a Pod, you may ask? A Pod is a collection of Community Partners, youth organizations, or individuals working together in a specific DSHS public health region. So far, TYAN has three Pod leaders and they're not stopping there! Through this new venture, TYAN will scale this project into smaller, regionally based forces. In doing so, youth development organizations in close geographic locations will have the chance to network with others, share their experiences, and participate in community-based activities.
The table below outlines the benefits of TYAN for any organization and for community partners.
|For All||For Community Partners|
|Learn about the benefits of PYD and YAPs||X||X|
|Organizational assessment of capacity for YAP||X||X|
|Resources and activities||X||X|
|Continuing education credits in youth development||X||X|
|See what YAPs across the nation are accomplishing||X||X|
|Expense-paid youth-adult workshops for planning and networking||X|
There are many ways to become involved with TYAN. Find the one that works best for you.
- Join the email newsletter. TYAN sends regular updates on tips, strategies, and other interesting material on YAPs and PYD. To receive these ideas in your inbox, send a message.
- Use the tools and resources you find on the site.
Please contact us for more information about Maternal and Child Health, or information regarding adolescent health in Texas, at:
Texas Department of State Health Services
Maternal & Child Health
PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
Austin, TX 78714-9347
External links are informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These external links may not be accessible to individuals with disabilities. For more information about Maternal and Child Health or adolescent health in Texas, please email TitleV@dshs.texas.gov or call 512-776-7373.