Youth Oasis

Always an Open Door

Baton Rouge, LA   |  www.youthoasis.org

Mission

Youth Oasis provides emergency and transitional housing, care, support and advocacy for vulnerable youth in the Baton Rouge area who have been pushed to the margins.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Mrs. Tekoah Boatner

Main address

PO Box 64889

Baton Rouge, LA 70896 USA

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EIN

72-1406254

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Youth who have experience with trauma from family separation, abuse, neglect, sexual assault and violence. Trauma that occurs during formative years has a significant impact on the cognitive, social, and behavioral skills (life skills) that youth rely on to navigate their adolescence. Trauma is associated with high-risk behaviors in adolescents, such as truancy and running away. Homeless children and youth are at risk of further victimization, such as repeated abuse, exposure to violence, and forced prostitution or survival-sex. Homeless children are also at increased risk for medical, emotional, behavioral and academic problems, including post-trauma responses, insecure attachments, and difficulty learning. This manifests in a quality of life that includes unhealthy personal relationships, crime, abuse, school suspension, lost jobs, diminished opportunities and ultimately poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transitional Living Program

We run a 10-apartment transitional living program for youth ages 16 to 21 who are on their own, but who do not have the skills to live independently. Most of these youth have aged out of the foster care system or otherwise have found themselves homeless. This facility is LGBTQIA affirming

Population(s) Served

Rapid Re-Housing and Transitional Housing for youth experiencing homelessness

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our primary goal is to promote youth resilience through youth centered residential and community based programs.
Our secondary goal is to provide an equitable work environment to attract local talent and pay a living wage to raise the standard of living in the communities the youth we serve will return to.

Our residential programs provide 156 hours of annual life skills training to youth between the ages of 16-21. This translates to 50% of our youth obtaining employment and graduating from high school with a traditional diploma or GED. Our support services connects up to 20 youth per year with behavioral health services and at least 10 parenting youth per year with parenting classes through community organizations. Over the past year we have provided 25 justice involved youth with transition services through our contract with OJJ. These youth have graduated high school, obtained employment, engaged with counselors and mentors and reconnected with family members during their time with Youth Oasis. We also connect up to 25 youth per year with financial, educational, employment and housing resources through our referral services.
In addition to the services we have provided to youth, Youth Oasis commits to being an employer of choice by providing an equitable work environment for individuals in the Greater Baton Rouge area that are interested in working in the Human Services. We proudly offer competitive wages, unique benefits and professional development opportunities to our team members, many of who fit into the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (A.L.I.C.E) demographic. We are committed to enhancing the quality of life for youth and our team members.

We will continue to build on our twenty year history of service to youth by remaining responsive to the needs of our primary population. That responsiveness has led us to create young adult programming that includes rapid rehousing; transitional housing and will soon include the only young adult shelter in the area. We understand that a strong foundation will enable us to continue addressing the needs of the youth of Baton Rouge.

We have created a housing community that is LGBTQIA affirming while successfully housing and feeding youth living out of home for over 4.000 nights a year.

Financials

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Operations

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Youth Oasis

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Fleshman

Roedel Parsons

David Fleshman

Roedel Parsons

Britt Merritt

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Kathy Achee

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Ross Reilly

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Brian Skelton

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Scott Gremillion

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Jamie Barney

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Rick Jackson

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