skip to content [x]  larger font [+]  smaller font [-]  normal font [o]

Share this page with social media websites

Use the following links to share this page through common social media websites. Use screen reader reading keys, as the Tab key may not work for all links. To share this page with a social media service not listed here, select the "Share" link to open a frame that lists additional options. In the input field,


Find your Meeting By Map

Map of Texas showing regions

region 1 region 2 region 3 region 4 region 5 region 6 region 7 region 8 region 9 region 10 region 11

Activities and Events for Youth:

  • PAL PEAKS Camp-Two, four-day camps held annually for youth aimed at building self-esteem, improving communication, problem-solving, and having fun. The Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) offers the PEAKS Camp through a partnership with DFPS.
  • PAL Statewide Teen Conference-Yearly three-day conference held on a college campus offering workshops for youth that lead to self-sufficiency and independence.
  • PAL College Conference-Texas A&M University-Commerce hosts a two-day (weekend) conference, once a year, for youth to learn about and prepare for higher education opportunities.
  • Aging-Out Seminars: These seminars are offered to youth ages 15½ to 18 in two separate tracks before they leave care. Seminars include topic areas selected by youth to strengthen their knowledge and skills about DFPS programs, benefits, resources and other Life Skills topics.  These seminars build on information from PAL Life Skills Training classes.
  • Statewide Youth Leadership Councils (Youth Advisory Boards)-Regional Activities-Some regions may host regional Teen Conferences (based on fund availability) and other activities to help youth/young adults prepare to transition to adulthood and to provide leadership opportunities.

Aging-Out Seminars coming to a place near you!

Aging-Out Seminars are required for youth age 17 in licensed or verified foster care.  The seminars provide youth with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge about relevant life skills and DFPS Transitional living programs, benefits and resources.

For more information, contact your local Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Staff and check out the upcoming schedule below.

When: 2/28/15
Where: Austin Community College-Riverside Campus 1020 Grove Blvd.  Austin, TX  78741
Contact: Todd Serpico at or 512-369-7149

When:  4/18/15
Where:  1102 S. Commerce, Harlingen
Contact:  Alma Alfaro at or 956-316-8630

Find Your Regional Youth Leadership Council Meeting

Region YLC Name When Contact Phone
1 N/A Lubbock: 2nd Thursday of each Month.
Amarillo: 3rd Thursday of each month
Crystal Surace (806)-570-6589
2 Success Stories Under Construction Currently recruiting for members, please contact if interested Dana Davis (325) 691-8202
3 C4t2 - Change for Today & Tomorrow Once per month in Dallas Krystal Saldivar (817)-995-2943
4 N/A Currently recruiting for members, please contact if interested Collette Steck (903)-343-7016
5 V.O.I.C.E.S. - Visions of Implementing Changes everywhere to Succeed Currently recruiting for members, please contact if interested Delores Duhon (409) 951-3359
6 N/A Meetings are twice a month. Gaby Valladares (713) 884-3300 ext. 124
7 Reflections of Tomorrow Once per month in Austin Meagan Leleux
Nida Brown
(512) 388-6225
(254) 939-4115
8 YAIA - Youth Alumni Initiating Advocacy
Society for young adults geared toward leadership, advocacy, and social networking
4th Thursday of every other month in San Antonio Jennifer Elizalde (210) 431-5600 ext. 5640
9 YOUTH - Youth's Outlook Understanding Their Hope Every month, rotates between Midland and Odessa Daniela Ontiveroz (432) 686-2273 x297
10 Youth Advisory Board Meetings are once per month in El Paso Molly Wegner (915) 521-3950
11 Teens Advocating for Change Organization (TACO) Meets twice monthly in Corpus Christi and once per month alternating between McAllen, Harlingen, and Laredo Kassandra A. Villarreal (361) 215-1476
DFPS home | website policies | Texas online | statewide search | contact us | download help | top of page