Meet Cortney Jones, a dynamic force for change and a champion for the community. As the Founder and Executive Director of Change 1, a non-profit organization in Austin, Texas, Cortney’s mission is to empower youth transitioning from the foster care system, fostering volunteerism, mentoring, and support. Cortney’s journey is a testament to her unwavering commitment. With 20 years of advocacy for youth in foster care, she brings both professional and personal experience to her work, having been a former foster youth, a foster parent, and an adoptive parent to her two cousins.
Recognized for her expertise and dedication, Cortney was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Family and Protective Services Council, shaping the future of child welfare in Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Master’s in Social Work from Texas State University, and passionately promotes the Restorative Practices Approach as a best practice in trauma-informed child treatment.
Cortney’s influence extends beyond her non-profit work. She’s a motivational speaker, a former Department of Family and Protective Services employee, and an active member of various influential boards and committees.
In her role as a field instructor at The University of Texas at Austin, she’s shaping the next generation of social work professionals, embodying the change she wants to see in the world. Cortney Jones is an inspiring speaker, a dedicated advocate, and a beacon of hope for the future.