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:
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!
After serving over 70 girls through our College & Career Program over the last two years since acquiring the program from GirlSource, we've decided to add two new program elements this Spring to support participants in enhancing their leadership skills, planning for post secondary education, and exploring future careers.
Through our Sisterhood, we'll create progressive opportunities for girls to build leadership skills from one program to the next with unique roles based on their tenure at the organization:
With enhanced leadership skills, Oasis girls will have the confidence to be active agents for positive change in their own lives, the lives of their Oasis sisters, and their larger community.
In addition, girls in the College & Career program will create a personalized Next Steps Transition Plan over the course of the program. A customized binder created by each girl, the Next Steps Transition Plan will contain sections for program materials, academic progress reports, an aptitudes/interests/career worksheet, a My First Choice Colleges list, an academic coursework roadmap, a list of individual contacts (Sistahs Who Support Me) and community resources. The format fosters reflection, reinforces skill development, and establishes connections between choices and outcomes. To be shared with other girls, family, and friends at graduation, the Next Steps Transition Plan will be a key resource and guide as girls continue to navigate the path toward college and career.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates on Oasis For Girls College & Career Program and thank you for your ongoing support!
It's been a year or so since Oasis acquired the Technology & Leadership Program from a sister organization that had to close its doors, and we've had a chance to explore, revise, and grow the program to maximize its benefits to the great girls and young women we serve.
So, we'd like to introduce you to the new and improved program, which will now be known as the Oasis College & Career Program. An essential element of our year-long Springboard Series for Girls, the new C&C Program will help Oasis girls open new doors to a world these girls have rarely glimpsed.
In just the past year, the C&C Program has packed their lives full of wonderful "first time" experiences. On just our recent trip to the campus of UC Berkeley, for example, there were so many "firsts":
And that trip was just one dream made possible through the support of our partners. There have been others, too:
So by supporting just the past year of College & Career, you have helped pave the way for Oasis girls to discover the connections between their high school lives and the worlds of academics, athletics, arts, technology, and equity: You helped them discover -- and claim their place in -- the larger worlds around them.
This Spring, we're celebrating a year of the Technology and Leadership Program (TLP) at Oasis For Girls!
When GirlSource – one of the city’s longtime leaders – was forced to close its doors in October 2010, Oasis acquired its flagship program, TLP. The acquisition of TLP – so well aligned with our mission, our service approaches, and our target population – offers an ideal complement to our lifeskills, arts, and leadership programs. After implementing the first cycle of TLP in the Spring of 2011, we have just recently completed our third cycle serving over 45 girls in total, and we are finding great synergy in the addition of this technology-based vocational and educational program to complement our arts and leadership approaches.
TLP’s primary goals are as follows:
Recent graduates of the TLP report valuable learning and growth as a result of participating in program including:
In addition, TLP graduates have been recognized as important scholars and leaders in their communities by the prestigious community and city leaders including the San Francisco Foundation and the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families. These young women are profiled below.
Daynelita Dulalas, Technology and Leadership Program Summer 2011 Graduate, was awarded the Koshland Young Leader Award! A highly prestigious award, the Koshland Young Leader Award provides financial assistance to college-bound San Francisco public high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Koshland Young Leadership Award recipients are high school students who are highly motivated to achieve despite facing formidable challenges in their lives and embrace a commitment to supporting their families and communities. Arielle Piamonte,Technology and Leadership Program Summer 2011 Graduate, was awarded the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families Youth Warrior Award! The Youth Warrior Award is awarded to 12-16 remarkable young leaders who have made a commitment to using their knowledge, skills, and talents to bettering themselves and their community and have overcome challenges to become positive and motivated change-makers.
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