About Youth Oasis


Our Mission

To provide emergency and transitional housing, care, support and advocacy for vulnerable youth who have been pushed to the margins in the Baton Rouge area. Fully and proudly inclusive, we’re Louisiana’s first LGBT-affirming shelter for youth .

Our Vision

 A Louisiana that cares for, supports and affirms all youth, nurturing their growth into responsible, resilient citizens. 


What we stand for:


We’re here for youth and young adults, no matter their race, orientation or identity. Because a category or label should never define the care and opportunities they deserve.


Our youth come to us from situations where their inherent worth is questioned, unconditional love taken away, and basic opportunities withheld. We work to return wholeness by providing a safe space, educational opportunities, mental health services, skills training and unconditional compassion.


“Able to spring back after being compressed” – it’s what we strive for when caring for youth. It’s never, “Look at those poor children,” but always, “Look at all of the potential they possess.” 



Youth Oasis was founded as Baton Rouge Alliance for Transitional Living in 1998 by members of local social service agencies and universities who saw the need for a transitional living program for young adults aging out of foster care. In 2002, a basic emergency shelter was added to provide support to at-risk youth ages 10-17. The organization become known as Youth Oasis in 2003 and officially changed its name in 2011.

In 2016, the transitional living program was expanded to include services unique to the LGBTQ+ community and branded “Diversity House”. Today, Youth Oasis remains true to its foundation of breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community and state by operating the foster youth shelter, transitional living center, and Diversity House.


Our Staff


Tekoah Boatner

HS-BCP, Executive Director

Mrs. Boatner comes to Youth Oasis as nonprofit professional with over 15 years of experience in the sector. She is a multidisciplinary systems professional with a passion for developing people and organizations. Her specialty is integrating systems-oriented thinking into non-profit business models and developing outcome-based programming that directly translates to a diverse funding portfolio. Mrs. Boatner has an undergraduate degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and a graduate degree from Capella University.

Pat Ross

Program Manager

Pat Ross started with Youth Oasis as the Supportive Services Case Manager working with youth to connect them to various community resources, education and employment opportunities. She now works with us a a Program Coordinator. "My great passion is helping our youth find the right path which will ensure our future and theirs.” She is a certified teacher in the state of Louisiana, a 
Certified Residential Youth Care Professional and holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

LaShonna Keller

Child & Family Service Coordinator

Lashonna Keller has worked with Youth Oasis for seven years providing direct care and case management to the youth we serve. She has a natural ability to communicate with youth in a manner that builds trust and respect. She has over 15 years of experience working with youth of all ages. 


Board of Directors


David Fleshman

Roedel Parsons, Koch, Blache, Balhoff & McCollister
2nd Term

Matthew Laborde

LSU Athletics
1st Term

Jaimie Barney

Director of Social Services
HAART / Open Health
1st Term

Ross Reilly

General Manager
Lamar Advertising Company
1st Term

Robyn Stiles


Emergent Method

1st Term

Shaena Johnson

Program Officer
Astrea Foundation
1st Term

Tierany Lazare, CNOR

Capitol One Bank
1st Term

Britt Bowkler
Vice Chair

Physician Recruiter
Our Lady of the Lake

2nd Term

Chad Martorana

General Sales Manager

Audi Baton Rouge

1st Term