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Statewide Training and Development

For over 25 years, Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) has been a cornerstone of our work with teens in metro schools. This evidence-based model combines a safe, engaging group setting with service-learning to help young people build healthy behaviors, life skills, and a sense of purpose.

Since 2012, Oasis has brought TOP® to young people in state custody (foster care and juvenile detention) statewide through a partnership with the Department of Children’s Services (DCS). Oasis is a Certified Replication Partner in Wyman’s National Network and offers training in the TOP® model and oversees replication of the model. Each year, Oasis leads the adoption of TOP® at 23 sites across the state, reaching more than 1,000 young people in state custody annually.

For more information on TOP®, click here.

Participation in TOP® has significant positive effects for youth and staff at these facilities. An evaluation led by Brandeis University indicates that TOP® improves adult-youth relationships, increases youth engagement, and lowers rates of incidents like running away or committing acts of violence. To learn more about how we’re implementing TOP®, click here to read the TOP® Learning Collaborative Brief.

Youth participating in TOP® in residential facilities where we’ve trained staff have contributed over 12,000 hours of service to Tennessee communities.
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