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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 Fiscal Year 2021 PEI 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, FY21: 2,526
  • Average Number of Youth/ Families Served Per Month, FY20: 2,159
  • Counties Served: All Counties
  • Annual Budget for Community Contracts: $1,525,000
  • Total Number of Community Grantees: 2
  • Average Grantee Budget: $762,500

SYSN Success Story

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lonestar: Tarrant

Big Brother John first met Little Brother Cory when Cory was just nine years old. Cory’s mother was a single parent and a disabled veteran, raising two young boys on her own. She enrolled her children in Big Brothers Big Sisters because she wanted them to have a positive male influence in their life - someone to listen to them, support them and just be their friend. At first, Cory was shy. John was not sure if he would ever open up, or if Cory even enjoyed their time together.

The turning point came when the match discovered a mutual love in an unlikely place – the International House of Pancakes (IHOP). Since then, the two meet two to four times a month, and regularly include a trip to IHOP in their plans. Over the years, with support from his mother and John, Cory has succeeded academically and gotten involved in sports and other activities. Cory is now fifteen and a talkative and out-going young man who works part-time at a local amusement park to help contribute to his family. Cory believes his Big Brother John has helped him to learn responsibility, respect for his mother, and how to have sympathy for others. John is convinced that his Little Brother Cory has taught him even more.