Youth march to the beat of their own drums at DFPS conference

Conference for youth from foster care hosted by DFPS and BCFS Health and Human Services-Tyler

Photo: Tyson Devers

TYLER, TX – BCFS Health and Human Services-Tyler partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to bring youth from foster care together for the annual Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Summer Teen Conference. The all-day event held at the Holiday Inn Tyler featured guest speakers, food and prizes.

The conference aims to prepare youth in foster care for independent adulthood through information sharing, engaging conversation about important issues youth face, and activities that encourage teamwork and cooperation.

Motivational speaker Tyson Dever addressed the youth, urging them to maintain a positive attitude and stay focused on their goals. Dever, a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, survived a devastating car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Dever’s uses his high energy, infectious personality to deliver a message of the power of positivity and making the most of your opportunities.

Drum Café, a team-building and events company, conducted a drumming exhibition, inviting youth from the conference to join in the drum rhythm. Drum Café promotes unity, leadership development, diversity and communication through its interactive drum performances.

BCFS Health and Human Services-Tyler works to empower youth from foster care and youth at-risk of homelessness, abuse, neglect and other challenges. BCFS-Tyler uses a holistic service approach to provide a safe place to access community resources and help youth grow toward well-rounded self-sufficiency.

For information about BCFS-Tyler, visit or call (903) 526-0882.

BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.