To provide emergency shelter and necessary support services to runaway, abandoned, and homeless youth ages 10 – 21 within the Baton Rouge Area, enabling them to transition into responsible and successful citizens”
Youth Oasis was founded as Baton Rouge Alliance for transitional Living (BRATL) in 1996 by members of local social service agencies and universities who saw the need for a Transitional Living Program for kids aging out of foster care. An emergency shelter for children, ages 10-17 was established in 2002 to provide safety, food, medical, educational, and emotional support to at-risk youth.
The organization became known as Youth Oasis in 2003 and formally changed its name in 2011. In 2016, the original Transitional Living Program (TLP) was transformed into Diversity House, a residential program for 16-21 year old young adults with a focus on LGBT youth. Youth Oasis now operates two programs to provide necessary service for at-risk youth and young adults: the Children’s Shelter and Diversity House. With these programs, Youth Oasis plays a strong part in breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community and throughout the state of Louisiana.