For more than 30 years, Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) has hosted PEAKS camp – a therapeutic, experiential camp for youth in foster care. PEAKS is one of TNOYS’ longest-running and most successful programs, where licensed professionals regularly take paid time off to volunteer with and enrich the lives of the youth who attend.
The week-long camp experience helps youth learn important life skills, build resiliency, and enhance their feelings of self-worth, all of which are critical for putting them on a path to a successful adulthood. For most of the youth who attend this program, PEAKS offers the only chance to get a traditional camp experience.
Yet, for all the benefits PEAKS camp has offered over the years, TNOYS learned that this year, due to budget cuts from their traditional funding streams, they would need to raise their own funds if they had a chance at keeping this important program alive.
With a shared interest in the goal PEAKS camp strives every year to meet, the BCFS System is proud to pledge a gift of $25,000 to serve as a catalyst for the donorship that the organization believes can support this unique, critical program.
“We are truly honored to be able to assist TNOYS raise the funds to continue this important program. It is the right thing to do. It changes lives,” says Kevin C. Dinnin, President & CEO of the BCFS System.
Celeste Garcia, Executive Director of BCFS Health and Human Services’ Community Services Division, presented the check on behalf of the BCFS System to Christine Gendron, Executive Director of TNOYS, at the 2018 Judicial Summit on Mental Health in Houston, co-hosted by the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission.
To read more about the good PEAKS camp has done and hopes to continue, click here.