Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI), a program of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), announced a five-year commitment to two organizations with their Statewide Youth Services Network (SYSN) grants.
The SYSN program creates a statewide network of youth programs aimed at positive youth development for youth ages 6 to 17. Through the SYSN program, grantees will serve youth through community and school-based mentoring, youth leadership development, and youth skills development. Grantees will deliver evidence-based programs that proactively increase protective factors in youth through involvement with positive peer groups, involvement with school and community, and providing the presence of caring adults, other than parents, in the youth’s life.
The two organizations receiving this funding through August 31, 2027 include:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Annual Award: $762,500
Annual Youth Served: 1,363
Program(s): Community and school-based mentoring using the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model.
Service Area: 189 counties
Texas Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs
Annual Award: $825,000
Annual Youth Served: 1,500
Program(s): Youth leadership and youth skills development through delivery of The Boys and Girls Club Experience with programs Project Learn, SMART Moves, and SMART Leaders.
Service Area: 74 counties
About the SYSN Program
SYSN grantees identify areas that may benefit from additional resources and target specific support to local communities to maintain the statewide network. As services under this grant require a dollar-for-dollar match, grantees develop and maintain a variety of partnerships to provide programming and services to assist in achieving positive outcomes for youth, families, and communities.