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 .
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 some 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 1996 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 basic youth shelter, transitional young adult center, and Diversity House.
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.
LMSW, Program Manager
Carrie Patterson, LMSW (she/her) started at Youth Oasis as the Social Worker for Diversity House, the first LGBTQ-affirming Transitional Living Program for Youth in Louisiana. A native of Baton Rouge, Carrie obtained a B.A. in History from Louisiana Tech University in 2008 and an MSW from Louisiana State University in 2014. Carrie has over 10 years of experience in providing education, consultation and advocacy services on behalf of local LGBTQ+ populations. She now lives in Baton Rouge with her wife and a small menagerie of pets.
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
Roedel Parsons, Koch, Blache, Balhoff & McCollister
Director of Social Services
HAART / Open Health
Lamar Advertising Company
Owner, Olive or Twist
Tierany Lazare, CNOR
Capitol One Bank
Our Lady of the Lake