TOP Youth Hit the Road
In early October, nine young men who are or have been in state custody, travelled with Oasis and DCS staff to Montgomery, AL to engage in service learning and cultural enrichment activities. It was the trip of a lifetime! Youth spent 3 days in service and leadership, strengthening life skills, positive motivation, connection to community, and sense of purpose. "This was an opportunity for youth to see themselves as change agents in their communities...and beyond," said Linda Copeland, DCS Children's Program Coordinator and one of the adult "coaches" on the trip "Without fail, they rose to the expectations set for them...proving what we already knew: that the offenses they committed are not WHO they are but only WHAT they have done."