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What We Do

The SYSN program creates a statewide network of youth programs aimed at positive youth development for youth ages 6 to 17. PEI funds allow state-level grantees to identify areas that may benefit from additional resources and target specific support to local communities to maintain the statewide network. Examples of service provided through SYSN include mentoring and youth skills development.

Who We Serve

  • Children and youth ages 6-17, with a focus on youth between the ages of 10-17, in each DFPS region of the state.

Map of Providers and Communities

Map of Texas, showing providers across the state. For a text version of SYSN providers, check the PEI Provider Directory.

For additional provider details, see the 2022 provider directory.

How We Measure Success

  • Children remain safe during services, within 1 year (99% in FY20) and 3 years (99% in FY20).
  • Percentage of youth not referred to juvenile probation (99% in FY20).

Program Data

  • Program Start Date: 2008
  • Target Number of Youth/Families Served Annually, FY22: 2,746
  • Average Number of Youth/ Families Served Per Month, FY21: 1,971
  • Counties Served: All Counties
  • Annual Budget for Community Contracts: $1,525,000
  • Total Number of Community Grantees: 2 Grantees, 59 Subgrantees
  • Average Grantee Budget: $762,500

SYSN Success Story

Big Brothers Big Sisters (Lubbock County)

Big Sister Sarah first matched with Little Sister Ruth over seven years ago. During the 7-year match, Ruth’s father was incarcerated twice and her mother released custody rights to Ruth resulting in Ruth’s grandparents adopting her.

During this year, Ruth’s grandfather passed away due to COVID-19 complications. According to Ruth, having both her Big Sister and agency staff to support her during the many changes and challenges she experienced over the years has been invaluable.

To this day, Ruth and her Big Sister continue to meet as often as they can to discuss her personal struggles and triumphs.