The Oasis Center provides at risk youth a connection to a caring adult, a safe & secure environment, and empowerment to make better choices.

About Us

Welcome to Oasis Center, a nationally recognized organization on a mission to help young people move into a happy, healthy and productive adulthood.

Oasis Center is a place where ideas come to life.  A place where creativity and dreams meet a commitment to act.

The old model of youth “charity” tries to match a young person’s needs with the services the agency offers.  In today’s world, that model doesn’t work.

Oasis Center recognizes that the lives of our young people are complex, and that supporting their healthy transition to adulthood can’t happen through a singular support.

That’s why we currently offer 21 programs ranging from Nashville’s only crisis teen shelter to Nashville’s only college counseling center for first generation college students. That’s why over a third of our young people are involved in more than one of our programs or services.  And that’s how we’re making a real difference in the lives of Nashville’s youth.

Programs

For generations, communities of well-intentioned leaders have created organizations to support young people, but they have done so by creating numerous local, regional, and national silos that have a singular focus, are easy to explain, have a clear tag line and so forth. To put it succinctly, organizations have been constructed that matched the needs of organizations—and the funders behind them—more so than the needs of young people. In doing so, they have also failed to listen to our youth and to adapt effectively as their needs have changed. Too often they have been organization-centric at the cost of being youth-centric.

Oasis Center recognizes that the lives of our young people are complex, and that supporting their healthy transition to adulthood cannot happen through a singular support or opportunity. We cannot do this by offering services only during one time of day or with one narrow age group or through only providing services once a crisis has happened. We cannot do this simply through prevention efforts or counseling. We cannot do this through leadership development. For young people to thrive, they need access to all of these at varying times of day, at varying times of life, and in varying degrees of intensity.

Oasis Center addresses this reality through a continuum of 19 individual, unique programs delivered through three major departments: Crisis and Residential Services; Youth Engagement and Action; and College Connection.

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While complex and varied, this continuum of services is not without strategy and intention. Research has proven that young people who enter high school with strong relationships—and have strong relationships with adults throughout their high school years—are 5 times more likely to leave high school doing well than those who have no supportive relationships with adults. It is no coincidence therefore that all of our programs are united by a common commitment to providing a solid foundation of meaningful and caring relationships through which teenagers can:

•    Be emotionally and physically safe and secure
•    Experience a sense of personal significance and positive connections
•    Take direct action to improve their lives

More than 1/3 of our youth are involved in more than one program area of Oasis. For example, a young woman involved in a Youth Engagement & Action program may also be in an active counseling relationship or a young man participating in our 6 week Oasis Bike Workshop program may also be working with our College Connection program.

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Get Involved!

There are so many ways to be part of the work we do and the lives that change here at Oasis. One of the most valued ways you can help is to spread the word about our work! We’re on Facebook and Twitter, and you can sign up for our monthly newsletter here: Sign Me Up.

A donation is always the quickest way to have a direct and immediate impact. Oasis Center is a 501(c)3 organization and every donation is tax deductible. Recurring donations are the most effective, it helps us plan ahead!  I want to donate!

Volunteering is another tremendous and fun way to connect to our mission. We have opportunities for individuals and groups alike! Learn more about Volunteering as an individual. If you’re checking out opportunities for your group, visit Our Group Wants to Volunteer!

If you’re looking for an internship, Oasis Center provides incredible and fulfilling opportunities to help you make the grade! I’m Interested In An Internship

For job-seekers, open positions are always posted at CNM.org.

Getting creative with a guest artist in the Underground Art Studio!
Getting creative with a guest artist in the Underground Art Studio!
A volunteer helps out in the Oasis Bike Workshop

A volunteer helps out in the Oasis Bike Workshop

A group of volunteers pitch in to build snack packs for Street Outreach.

A group of volunteers pitch in to build snack packs for Street Outreach.

Contact Us

Please note, if you are in need of immediate assistance from someone
on our crisis team, please call 615.327.4455.

Interested in an in-depth look at the work we do? E-Mail Mark Dunkerley

Want to take a personal, guided tour to learn more about the work Oasis is doing in our community?  E-mail Cathleen Windham

Questions about volunteering? Please visit our Volunteer Section

Office Information:

Oasis Center
1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 200
Nashville, TN  37203

Phone: 
615.327.4455 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
1-866-975-FREE or 1-866-975-3733

Fax:
615.329.1444

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Closed on major holidays.

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