Developing Young Christian Leaders

If our youth in the community are growing in their faith, leadership, education and employment skills, then they will be equipped to change their world! Our ministries emphasize these areas of a child’s development, and we also hope to provide the love, encouragement, and support that they need to grow and become all that God has created them to be. The future of our neighborhood will look different than the past, because the future of our kids looks different than the generations before. Learn more about our youth ministries below. Click here to fill out the required background check form.


Angel Street Choir

Who: Young ladies in grades 3-12 (9-18 years old)
When: Mondays & Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm, during the school year
Where: Bickford-Oasis Youth Center

One of the best ways to build a relationship with one of our youth is to find a common interest and then spend time together sharing this interest! Angel Street does just that and exists to provide quality music education and mentoring opportunities for the under-resourced community of North Memphis. Angel Street serves girls, ages 9-18, by providing musical training, songwriting, professional live studio recording, and performance opportunities. This outlet of creativity strives to invest in young women to develop their artistic potential and provides engaging activity, keeping kids off the street. Angel Street encourages and nurtures the desire for further education and assists in providing scholarships. We need volunteers to support the girls! If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Mary Jo.


Back to School Backpack Drive

Who: Students from elementary to college
When:
 Annually in July/August
Where: Hope Presbyterian Church, In the Cut & The Green House

Each Summer we organize a school-supply, uniform, and/or a book drive according to the needs of the local schools (Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, KIPP Diamond Middle School, Humes Middle School, Manassas High & University of Memphis & more) to be given to those in our neighborhood who would otherwise be unable to come to school prepared. Often children have one uniform outfit and need to wear it every day of the week.  We need donations of school supplies, uniforms & books. A detailed list of requested items from the schools will be posted on our website in July. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Kathleen.


Easter Egg & Easter Sunday Worship Service with Hope City

Who: Everyone is welcome to join us for worship! Egg Hunt is for kids ages 3-12 years old
When: March or April 2017
Where: Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School
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Join us on Easter Sunday with Pastor Cooper for a community worship service with music and a message, as well as the traditional Easter Egg Hunt! Neighborhood children are invited to come to an outdoor massive egg hunt and celebration that includes games, candy, the Easter story and lots of fun! We need donations of baskets, plastic eggs, candy, and candy filled eggs, and we need volunteers to help us organize, run and clean up after the big day. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


Employment at Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings

Who: Young men or women from North Memphis
When:
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00a-4:00p
Where: Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings

Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings is a non-profit outreach of Oasis of Hope helping to improve the economic environment in North Memphis that has suffered years of economic decline. The business provides quality, pre-owned appliances and second-hand furnishings at significantly reduced prices. It also is an avenue for Oasis of Hope to conduct on-the-job training and provide neighborhood employment. Currently 3 men from the neighborhood work in the store. We need donations of used appliances or gently used furniture. We need volunteers to work in our store. We need shoppers to come and buy! If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Dana.


Empowerment

Who: Manassas High School Students
When: TBD, during the school year
Where: Manassas High School

Many of our inner city youth face problems that no child should have to face. They struggle at school and in life because they lack the support and wisdom to navigate through life on their own. When a child faces drug addiction, peer pressure, sexual abuse, and any other obstacles that may keep them from the life God has intended for them, they need a place of support and empowerment to turn to. Every Wednesday for 30 minutes after school, we provide a space for encouragement, wisdom, and inspiration. The Empowerment Session is that space for students to connect with God and the direction He gives. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Martell.


Bringing Hope Reading Program to Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary

Who: Caldwell-Guthrie K-5th graders
When:
9:00am-2:45pm, Monday-Friday in one hour time slots, during the school year
Where: Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, 951 Chelsea Ave.

Being we have such a rich relationship with Caldwell's students, teachers, and staff, we are committed to working with students daily to help improve their reading statistics! We need volunteers to listen to students read one hour/week. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Marcia.



Jr. High Service Projects

Who: Jr. High School students in grades 6-8 from North Memphis
When:
Approximately once/month
Where:
Various locations

Teaching the value of serving others is a foundational principle to have our youth practice. In doing so, students are taught to look beyond their own circumstances and see that there are always people in need around them, and that they have the power to do something about those needs! Each month the projects and partnerships change as needs arise, but past projects have included: feeding the homeless, and assembling Thanksgiving baskets for community members. We need service project ideas to keep the momentum of giving to others going. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Jasmine.


Life Builders (High School)

Who: High School students in grades 9-12 from North Memphis
When:
Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm, during the school year
Where:
The Green House

Being a teenager is hard. Being a teenager who is growing up in the heart of one of the nation's most violent city is VERY hard. Our youth need positive role models & especially men to help shape, encourage and plant seeds of hope beyond the temptations of gangs, drugs & a life of poverty. Establishing a safe community where these teens can go to learn how God's Word will empower them to face life's challenges, understand God's plan for their lives, and to develop positive relationships with caring volunteers can truly change the course of someone's life. We need volunteers to help with the Life Builders High School Bible Study and provide the spiritual development and encouragement that high school students need to grow into all that God has planned for them. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Martell.


Mentoring - Young Adults

Who: Kids of all ages
When: Mentors & mentees set their own meeting schedules
Where: Mentors & mentees can meet at any of the Oasis offices, public places or personal home

Many kids in our neighborhood come from broken homes and painful relationships. Want to change the course of someone's life? Then come love on one of our kids; they need you! All you have to do is develop a relationship with them and provide encouragement, support and spiritual guidance. We encourage getting together once a month (like going to a movie or out for lunch) & touching base with your mentee once/week (by calling or texting). We match kids we know with volunteers we know (& a lot of prayer!). Not only will their life change, but so will yours. We need volunteers willing to invest in someone's life.  If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


Middle School Club

Who: Middle School Youth in grades 6-8
When: Tuesdays from 5:30pm-7pm
Where: Bickford-Oasis Youth Center

The Oasis Bike Shop takes in donations of used or new bikes in any condition and refurbishes them when possible to be reused by those in need or to be sold in the shop. Bikes that are not repairable are used for parts. Local youth can get involved in the Oasis Bike Shop Earn-a-Bike Program by volunteering, learning, and helping out in the Bike Shop with the end result of earning and selecting their very own bike. While logging their 24 hours, they are learning how to run a small business, being taught how to fix, revive and recycle used bikes, and perhaps most importantly, they are being mentored by a caring adult who is interested in investing in not only their physical health, but also their emotional and spiritual well-being. Additionally, we are not just focused on kids but also adults who have no other form of transportation, and have created an Apprentice Mechanic Program where we provide training in bicycle repairs, safety and mechanics. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


Oasis Bike Shop

Who: Youth, Adults & Families from North Memphis
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10a-2p Open Shop
Where: Oasis Warehouse, 1294 N Thomas St

The Oasis Bike Shop takes in donations of used or new bikes in any condition and refurbishes them when possible to be reused by those in need or to be sold in the shop. Bikes that are not repairable are used for parts. Local youth can get involved in the Oasis Bike Shop Earn-a-Bike Program by volunteering, learning, and helping out in the Bike Shop with the end result of earning and selecting their very own bike. While logging their 24 hours, they are learning how to run a small business, being taught how to fix, revive and recycle used bikes, and perhaps most importantly, they are being mentored by a caring adult who is interested in investing in not only their physical health, but also their emotional and spiritual well-being. Additionally, we are not just focused on kids but also adults who have no other form of transportation, and have created an Apprentice Mechanic Program where we provide training in bicycle repairs, safety and mechanics. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


Pathfinders (Jr. High)

Who: Middle School students in grades 6-8 from North Memphis
When:
Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm, during the school year
Where:
The Green House

The middle school years can be tough for any child — this is especially true for the children who have endured the struggles of growing up in North Memphis! Too old for 'baby stuff' and a bit young for 'adult topics', we tailor a weekly Bible study to meet our "tweens" right where they are. We need volunteers to help with the Pathfinders Middle School Bible Study and provide the spiritual development and encouragement that middle school students need as a foundation for becoming all that God has planned for them. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Jasmine.


Pathfinders Homework Help Center (Jr. High)

Who: Middle School students from North Memphis
When:
TBD
Where:
The Green House

We are excited to open our doors to help middle schoolers when they get stuck with their homework! Not only do we have a computer lab, free wi-fi, air conditioning, and great snacks, but most importantly, we care about the kids (mentoring in disguise) and are committed to helping them with challenging material! This is a great opportunity for older kids or adults to give back by helping out with core subjects such as math, English, science and social studies, and to assist younger students with their academic advancement. We need volunteers to join us and we’ll give you the esteemed title of ‘Official Tutor!’ If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Jasmine.


Read 2 Succeed (R2S)

Who: Students in grades 2-5 from various schools in North Memphis
When:
 Monday & Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00p, during the shool year
Where:
 In The Cut

This ministry is a one-on-one reading enrichment program where volunteers are matched with a child who read together each week. This not only improves the student's reading skills, but more importantly allows for a mentoring relationship. We need volunteers to tutor an elementary child in reading, share Bible stories, help with scripture memorization, and just love on ‘em! If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Kathleen.


Sports Outreaches - Football

Who: Manassas High School Football Team
When: TBD
Where: Manassas High School

Sports Outreaches - Basketball

Who: Middle school boys from North Memphis (community team)
When: TBD
Where:
Manassas High School

Sports Outreaches - Baseball

Who: Manassas High School Baseball Team
When: Annually beginning in March through July
Where: Manassas High School

Oasis of Hope provides volunteer coaches for community youth basketball for kids between the ages of 8-17. We also provide volunteer coaches to the Manassas Football and Baseball teams to assist with coaching, equipment needs, annual sports camps and mentoring. Being a part of a team not only teaches the skills of the game, but also demonstrates teamwork, commitment, good sportsmanship and allows us the opportunity to make a positive difference in a young person's life. We need volunteers willing to coach the various teams, or be a part of the camps, or simply cheer the boys on at their games. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


Summer Bible Camp - Kids Across America (KAA)

Who: Middle & high school students from North Memphis
When: June 2017
Where: Branson, MO
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Bible camp provides kids with the opportunity to get out of the city and away from the noise of their everyday lives that distract them from God! For most inner city kids, this camp will be the first time they've gone beyond the city limits and will get to experience such a getaway!  Bible camp provides a safe, fun, intimate setting, and the opportunity to build Christian leaders by encouraging, equipping & empowering urban youth through camping, education, and fostering special bonds between campers and mentors.  Kids have a blast and and return home with a renewed enthusiasm to impact their community for Christ. We need donors to sponsor campers for $450/ea so they can attend. Donate online or send checks to Oasis of Hope, 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova, TN 38018 and write 'summer camp' in the memo. We need volunteers to serve as camp counselors. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Kathleen or Martell.


Summer Leadership Academy

Who: Selected High School Youth from North Memphis
When: Mondays-Saturdays in June & July
Where: Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings Warehouse

Summer Leadership Academy (SLA )- We believe that the development and training of youth is critical for the health of any community. SLA is an intensive student leadership development program that's designed to provoke wholistic growth in Oasis student leaders. SLA student leaders will receive training in three areas: Biblical and Spiritual formation, Career Readiness, and Leadership. SLA student leaders will also participate in a work internship with local businesses to provide work experience for the teens. The aim of SLA is to empower our youth to be spiritual leaders in their own community and to develop the skills necessary for success in life! If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Martell .


Vacation Bible School

Who: Kids ages 5-12
When:
June 2017
Where:
Bickford Community Center and Shelby Farms Park

Get ready for an exciting adventure with inner city kids as we explore God's Word, play games, sing songs and make crafts together! The kids look forward to VBS each year and it's impossible to not be moved as you work side-by-side with our kids! We need donations of individually wrapped snacks & drinks, and we need volunteers to help throughout VBS week.  If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Kathleen.


Warrior Princesses Girls Club

Who: Young ladies in grades 4-6 (10-12 years old)
When:
1st & 3rd Saturdays from 10:30am-12:00pm during the school year & once/month during the summer
Where: Bickford Community Center

This ministry has been designed for girls (ages 10-12 years old) living in an urban, underprivileged environment and focuses on teaching them life skills and spiritual development that will empower and benefit them for years to come. Girls will learn important lessons on health/fitness, self defense, healthy cooking, basic sewing, etc. We need financial donations to help cover program expenses since we offer this club at no cost to participants. We need volunteers to assist during club meetings and mentor the girls. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Jasmine.