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Mission Statement

The Texas Youth Commission (TYC) believes that, through volunteers, the community has the ability to enhance lives of youth by providing meaningful activities and resources, promoting pro-social, educational, emotional, and spiritual growth; thus, expanding the services provided by staff. The mission of the TYC volunteer services department is to maximize community resources and utilize volunteers to provide opportunities that enable youth to become responsible and productive citizens.


The Texas Youth Commission (TYC) is the juvenile corrections agency for the State of Texas. Youth may remain under TYC's supervision until they are age 21. During that time, youth may reside in a TYC institution or a TYC halfway house or a contract program. Later, you may be placed on parole in your community. Cottrell House is a community-based residential facility located in the east Dallas area (near Mesquite, Texas). We focus on vocational skills and independent living preparation for male youth between the ages of 16-21 years. All residents are required to complete Independent Living Skills classes and community service. After all educational requirements are met, the youth are eligible for work. You may be placed on parole status while youth are under the supervision of TYC. Youth will be required to visit or talk with their parole officer regularly. Youth must also meet certain objectives, for example, attending school, working, paying restitution to thier victim, or participating in counseling. Youth will have a parole plan that will tell the youth what they must do to be successful.

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