Oasis Youth Center
About Oasis Youth Center:
Oasis Youth Center (Tacoma, WA) is a drop-in, support, and resource center for queer and questioning youth. Established in 1985, Oasis transforms the lives of queer youth by creating a safe place to learn, connect, and thrive.
Oasis envisions a world in which queer youth are valued in the community as strong, creative leaders. Oasis is a youth-adult partnership in which youth and adults come together for shared teaching, learning, and action. Oasis programming spans the prevention, advocacy, and leadership development continuum.
About Project 13:
Youth are coming out at younger ages. In response, Oasis has launched Project 13, a weekly after-school program for queer and questioning middle school students ages 11-14. Through Project 13, we aim to equip youth with the confidence, skills, and peer support necessary to build healthy and positive relationships.
Project 13 runs as an 8-week program focused on healthy self-identity and healthy relationships for queer and questioning middle schoolers ages 11-14. We tackle a different topic each week, with discussions and activities surrounding identity, peer pressure, social media, healthy relationships, and stepping up as a leader. Youth can participate in as many 8-week cycles as they want while in middle school, but they do need the written consent of 1 parent/guardian to participate if they are under 14.