Oasis Center is a lead partner in a statewide effort to organize youth service providers into Youth Development Learning Collaboratives (YDLC) aimed at disseminating Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP). TOP® is an evidence-based positive youth development model that has been shown to decrease the risk of pregnancy, course failure, and school suspension.
TOP® was not designed specifically for youth in foster care. However, at the initiative of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services an adaptation of the model is being implemented in eight congregate care homes serving adolescents in care, testing the assumption that a broadly targeted prevention program would benefit adolescents temporarily residing in congregate care homes. The effort began with three agencies in March 2012, with additional agencies joining throughout the year. To date, more than 500 foster youth have been engaged in peer group meetings and youth-driven service learning through TOP® “clubs” organized at participating residential facilities. Early indications of the impact on youth are quite positive.
Oasis Center is a Certified Replication Partner in the national network of the Wyman Center, a St. Louis non-profit that designed the TOP® model. This cost-effective approach is grounded in contemporary research and nationally recognized as a program that delivers real results, and Oasis Center has been utilizing this model throughout many of its programs for twenty years. Through the YDLCs, congregate care homes become better able to focus their services on three essential goals so that every teen can build a foundation of success from: healthy behaviors, life skills, and a sense of purpose. For more information, contact Jane Fleishman, Statewide Training and Development Director, email@example.com.