Oasis For Girls, a Project of the Tides Center

Since its founding in 1999, Oasis For Girls has provided life skills, arts, and leadership training for at-risk, low-income girls of color and immigrant girls throughout San Francisco. Our mission is to partner with under-resourced girls and young women to help them discover opportunities and explore their dreams. Our youth-development programs provide a safe space to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and confidence to build strong futures for themselves and their communities. At Oasis, girls learn to make healthy decisions, explore the world and themselves, and discover their full potential. At Oasis For Girls, our work is intended to support the "whole girl." Methodologically, w...
Jun 2, 2014

Oasis Girls Heading to College and More News!

working at the lab
working at the lab

The ENVISION Career Exploration program just celebrated its Spring 2014 graduation! We were so proud of the many highlights came out of this cycle, including college admittance, group projects, site visits, and Career Night.

The spring cycle always brings a lot of joy when it comes to college acceptance! Three of our ENVISION participants will be attending a university this fall. From their list of choices, Maria will be attending San Francisco State University, Eyra will be attending University of California, Santa Cruz, and Alice will be attending the University of San Francisco. We are looking forward to hearing more great news next spring, as many of our participants will begin their last year of high school this fall.

A key component of our ENVISION program is career and college readiness, so we do a lot of group work to help them gain experience in working with others. This cycle, participants were divided into four teams, with each team having a special project to present to the large group. The teams got to choose their subjects within the scope of the program – career exploration and college readiness. The projects included information on A-G requirements for attending both a California State University or a University of California, tips on what to look for in a university, financial aid information, and using social media platforms professionally.

We also went on a number job site visits this cycle, including trips to Salesforce and Cisco, where they girls learned from women about cloud computing and working in tech, followed by a tour of the facilities where girls were amazed by the company’s innovative office culture.

Lastly, the ENVISION program participated in our triannual Career Night which featured a group of local women from a variety of local companies including Square, Facebook, Ebay, Sephora, and Farmgirl Flowers. These women shared the various twists and turns that shaped their career, helping girls see that they shouldn't feel too much pressure to know "what they want to be" right now.  After the event, panelists shared that they gained a new appreciation for their own career choices by seeing them through the eyes of the girls.

We are so grateful to all of our donors that help us provide our ENVISION program and we are looking forward to our Summer ENVISION program! 

site visit at Salesforce
site visit at Salesforce
group project work
group project work
graduation
graduation
Nov 27, 2013

The ENVISION program visits Salesforce.com!

Oasis Girl and Salesforce Mascot
Oasis Girl and Salesforce Mascot

The ENVISION College & Career program is just returning from a visit to Salesforce.com!  

Salesforce hosted Oasis' ENVISION College & Career program in August 2013 for a visit to their San Francisco offices to teach our girls about cloud computing as well as, exciting jobs available for women in technology!

The visit began with an introduction to the Salesforce platform, teaching girls about Salesforce's role in developing the innovative arena of cloud computing.  Then, girls went on a Scavenger Hunt around the Salesforce offices in teams, competing to follow the clues and answer questions to learn about various departments at Salesforce.  It was a great way to explore the beautiful Salesforce offices and girls were amazed by cubicle mazes, office technology, healthy kitchens, game rooms, and fun office culture including a life size Bozo the Clown!  

Then, girls participated in speed mentoring sessions, meeting with women working in different areas at Salesforce including user experience, marketing, sales, programming, data analytics, and the foundation!  Salesforce women shared their stories with the girls including their educational paths, work experience, and how they got to Salesforce. These stories inspired Oasis girls- opening their eyes to new possibilities in the tech sector for women!

The day concluded with girls sharing their learnings from the day including a quote from participant Miriam, "Going to Salesforce showed me that there are women who look just like me working in computer programming.  I feel more comfortable choosing Computer Science as my major now!".  

We are planning our next job site visit to Pearl.com- stay tuned for an update! 

Salesforce Scavenger Hunt
Salesforce Scavenger Hunt
Oasis Girls at Salesforce
Oasis Girls at Salesforce

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Jun 17, 2013

Technology & Leadership Program is now ENVISION College & Career!

Jazmin prepping for interview
Jazmin prepping for interview

In the last year, the ENVISION program has served over 45 low income young women of color, providing them with key technology training, leadership development, post secondary planning, career awareness, and job readiness skills.  ENVISION has been transformational in the lives of these girls, providing them with a space to start building their futures.  

One such girl is Jazmin.  She grew up with her parents and disabled sister. Because of high medical bills from her sister's condition, the family has often been homeless, living with friends or in local shelters. Consumed by her family’s challenges, Jazmin was often distant and disengaged at school, and with her classmates.

At the recommendation of a school counselor, Jazmin enrolled in our ENVISION program, Jazmin discovered her interest in fashion after talking to a Career Nite panelist who works in socially conscious fashion design and sourcing.  Because of the support and growth opportunities provided by Oasis For Girls, after graduating high school, Jazmin moved on to an internship at Bloomingdale’s. While there, she developed an impressive portfolio and fashion blog, and as a result, was admitted to the Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing.

Jazmin visited Oasis just a few months ago and spoke with pride about her accomplishments. She noted that Oasis was a place of community and inspiration for her during a time when she felt overwhelmed and hopeless.  “Oasis is a special place. The programs made me realize I could build my life. It wasn’t that I was on a bad path at the time—I just wasn’t on any path. At Oasis, I was challenged to set goals and achieve them.”   

With a constant eye on meeting the ever evolving needs of our girls, Oasis conducted a needs assessment with our participants this Winter.  Through this process, we recognized that our girls need more intensive support in preparing for post secondary education and careers.  As a result, in collaboration with our key stakeholders, we have engaged in a strategic planning process to shift the focus of the Technology & Leadership Program to more specifically address these needs.  The new program, ENVISION College & Career, begins in the Summer of 2013 and advances girls’ awareness of, readiness for, and success in high-demand careers in growth industries, including STEM. ENVISION provides career awareness opportunities, job readiness training, and post secondary planning to support success in and transition from high school to college and career.

More specifically, ENVISION participants will:

  • Enhance career awareness: identify careers of interest, research these careers, and identify educational pathways toward completion
  • Build job readiness skills: develop positive vocational behaviors and competencies to be successful in the workforce
  • Identify post secondary options, discover areas of academic and vocational interest, and use these to enhance college readiness
  • Develop individualized, realistic, and actionable Next Steps Transition Plans to tie current decisions to future opportunities

We believe this enhanced version of the Technology & Leadership Program will better meet the needs of our girls, propeling them into advanced education and exciting careers that will promote their health, self sufficiency, and happiness!  

Clothing Swap for interview attire
Clothing Swap for interview attire

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