The Texas Youth Action Network (TYAN) mission – to strengthen organizations’ capacity to build youth-adult partnerships and integrate youth voices in decision-making – extends through everything we do.
Our vision: Engaged youth-adult partnerships transforming Texas communities.
- Every young person will be unconditionally accepted, supported, and celebrated.
- Youth will be integrally connected with supportive, caring adults and their community.
- Youth practitioners/partners and youth will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to facilitate community change.
- Organization-specific technical support and resources will be provided to increase youth organizations’ capacity in facilitating youth-adult partnerships.
The TYAN program is led by staff from the Public Policy Research Institute in conjunction with partners across the state.
- Dottie Carmichael, PhD, Research Scientist
- Emily Naiser, MPH, Project Director
- David Cabrera, MPA, Research Specialist
- Gayle Gabriel, PhD, Senior Research Associate
- Heather Caspers, Research Associate
- Nick Davis, Assistant Research Scientist
- Lisa Watson, MLA, Senior Research Associate
- Zulema Parga, Research Assistant
Youth Advisory Council
Our program name and logo were created with input from adolescents in the Bryan-College Station community. The program goals were described to youth who brainstormed dozens of potential names. Texas Youth Action Network then won the popular vote. These youth were also asked to sketch any images or logos they felt represented these ideals. Their art was the inspiration for our logo.
As the program grows, we plan to continue working with local youth. We want to encourage youth voice and decision-making in our program process. This input will be critical to our program, ensuring the relevancy of the work while also supporting youth and adult growth.
The Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative concluded on 8/31/18. Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) contracted with Public Policy Research Institute to study the project.
The Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative (THAI) was a community- and clinic-based initiative located in twelve Texas communities. The goals of THAI were to:
- Build a local youth system to improve the health of youth. A group of youth and adults worked together to achieve positive outcomes for youth through the formation of Youth-Adult Councils.
- Improve the health and well-being of Texas youth. THAI helped build communities with supportive environments that promoted positive youth development.
Read the summary of the Texas A&M evaluation report on THAI.
Through THAI, we determined that customized solutions may have the best outcomes for youth and adults in Texas. This personalized approach using the youth-adult partnership structure is driving the TYAN mission.