Introduce Youth From Low-Income, High-Crime Neighborhoods to a New Model of Success and Purpose
The number of youth demonstrating criminal behavior increases sharply if a parent(s) has been previously involved within the criminal justice system. For example, in the span of one year in Texas, there were 1,187 reported murders, 6,639 campus crimes, 21,327 aggravated assaults, and 6,342 robberies. These youth need a new model to follow, but few models exist in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods.
A former FBI undercover agent observed how the power of healthy relationships with positive interactions can turn a life around. He launched Oasis Center to satisfy a thirst for meaning in a "ghetto desert" and give people a foundation of truth and a path towards hope. Oasis Center helps first-time youth offenders and previously incarcerated individuals learn about themselves through peer coaching and its Reentry Discipleship Program, work through faith issues and relationships with family, and reinvent their future with employment placement and sustained success. The special sauce at Oasis Center is its end-to-end, partner-based, and whole-family approach that provides a breadth of transformative programming for all aspects of a person's life.
Oasis Center has helped 1,200 people since its founding in 2001. While the organization serves an average of 85 individuals per year, that number surged to 140 last year.