Our Community Impact
Through its three-fold approach of lifelong learning, health promotion and volunteer opportunities, OASIS has touched the lives of more than 720,000 individuals since 1982. Here are some examples of our impact:
OASIS Tutoring: helping kids read better
The OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program promotes literacy with a proven approach to help high-need children in grades K-4 read at grade level. Since 1989 OASIS tutors have helped more than 350,000 children in 100+ school districts. 96 percent of teachers surveyed reported increased confidence and self esteem in their students who were tutored by an OASIS volunteer.
Connections: building technology skills and confidence
A study by the University of Miami shows the introductory Connections courses are effective at helping older adults develop computer skills. OASIS partners with libraries, workforce agencies and other partners to offer the program. Since 2005 enrollment has exceeded 66,000.
CATCH Healthy Habits: creating a healthier future for kids and adults
OASIS has engaged more than 900 adult volunteers and 6100 children to share healthy snacks, join in regular moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and learn together about creating a healthier lifestyle. Through partnerships in 18 cities, OASIS has offered the evidence-based program in 150 locations. CATCH Healthy Habits is recognized as a Program of Distinction by Generations United.
Evidence-based health programs: keeping people active and independent
Programs like Active Start and Living a Healthy Life (Chronic Disease Self-Management) provide the skills, knowledge and social support that are proven to help people make lasting lifestyle changes.
Active Start, for example, combines an a behavioral change support group and fitness classes to help people make physical activity part of their lifestyle. Trained peer leaders facilitate the program in community sites. Research with an ethnically diverse population of sedentary adults shows that participants significantly improve their strength, flexibility, and balance.