Research has found that processing minor offenders through the juvenile justice system often does more harm than good for a young person’s long-term life outcomes. In cooperation with Davidson County Juvenile Court, the REAL program is a court-referred opportunity for a “second chance.”
The 15-week experience connects youth with positive adult mentors, helps them reflect on their identity, and engages them in the community so they feel a stronger sense of belonging and purpose. Youth also build skills to deal with the high amounts of stress and trauma they face in their everyday lives.
Family engagement is also critical to the program. We engage families in a weekend retreat and sponsor fun activities so that youth and families can spend quality time together and deepen their relationships.
Over 400 youth have successfully completed the REAL program since its inception in 2011. Graduates often return to support other participants and get engaged in other Oasis programs.
Volunteer Shifts & Enrollment
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Summer enrollment for yearlong programming
Who We Need
Volunteers who have experience with youth encountering difficult situations. Volunteers connect with youth and help with program activities during group sessions.