Oasis has implemented the Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) in Metro Schools for over 25 years. First developed by the Wyman Center in St. Louis, TOP is an evidence-based program focused on helping youth build three essential qualities—healthy behaviors, life skills, and a sense of purpose.
Due to Nashville’s increasing cultural diversity, we’ve adapted the TOP model at three schools to create ITOP (International Teen Outreach Program). Uniquely designed for New American youth, ITOP helps immigrant and refugee teens connect to our community so they feel a sense of belonging and confidence in who they are. Teens are encouraged to celebrate and share their cultural traditions while they explore new friendships and opportunities in their schools and neighborhoods.
During the school day, ITOP groups provide a supportive space to help teens navigate tricky topics: relationships, peer pressure, identity, and the needs of their community.
Equally important is what occurs out of school. Throughout the year, youth plan and lead an array of service-learning projects on the needs they identify, from urban gardening to teen driver safety.