Nashville, TN

Oasis: empowering youth since 1969

Lenny Schumacher
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NASHVILLE, TN — Oasis Center serves broad opportunities for particular needs for youth and their families from crisis intervention, youth leadership, to college & career supports. It begun in 1969 when a group of young lawyers first initiates the “Rap House”. It was a community center for thriving young people who were having a hard time with addictions.

In 2019, “Rap House” transformed to be Oasis Center. Here, approximately four thousand youngsters and families are welcomed for any help and support they need, every year.

"Great place for youth and their families to find support—whether it's finding resources, counseling, mentoring, job help, etc. Also, excellent volunteer opportunities," said Sarah on Yelp.

They provide more than twenty programs and services to support youth with the value they believed in—safety, belonging, empowerment and generosity. Their work is sticking to the evidence-based principles of Positive Youth Development and Trauma-Informed Care.

Their Youth Engagement and Action program comprise of the following projects:

  • Building Bridges
    They conducted “Our Town” retreats which involve seventy-five students, teachers, parents and community members at MLK and Hillsboro high schools. Focusing a discussion on action planning regarding issues of equity in schools.
  • International Teen Outreach Program (ITOP)
    Oasis provides 18.3 hours of service-learning and building skills for one hundred and ninety New American students who came from twenty-five origin countries, as well as connecting them to the communities.
  • R.E.A.L.
    This program succeeded in guiding seventy-six teens and youth to the juvenile justice system alternative. Resulting in ninety-two percent of them not doing any more offensive cases throughout the year.

Not only those mentioned above, there are so many more of their programs to explore. Go visit for more details.

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