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Oasis’ signature Springboard Series for Girls is a sequence of three programs emphasizing comprehensive girls’ development, internal awareness, and external skills in a gender-specific and culturally-relevant setting. The Series encourages girls to stretch their perspective and skills while drawing on their own diverse experiences through the creative arts, women’s rights and life skills, and career and academic exploration. Our programs provide girls with opportunities to create trusting relationships with positive, supportive adults; to develop a sense of identity and partnership with each other and the San Francisco community; and build skills and knowledge for their future dreams.

RISE Life Skills Program: “The Personal is Political” 

RISE builds girls’ proficiency in basic life skills, healthy decision-making, leadership, and knowledge of social systems. Women’s rights and social justice are central to RISE, taking on more urgency for girls in the last year. Workshops on healthy relationships, sexual harassment, body image, safer sex, self-defense, and nutrition support girls’ needs and learning.

CREATE Arts Education Program: “My City, My Voice”

CREATE exposes girls to using writing and the arts for healthy self-expression, improved academic performance, and leadership. CREATE encourages girls to think critically about growing up as young women of color in the city, viewing their neighborhoods and experiences through lenses of gender, race, and inequality. Lessons take creative approaches to issues such as body image, cultural identity, and activism, which girls explore through poetry, spoken word performance, photography, comic book illustration and music. CREATE is offered through an innovative collaboration with WritersCorps.

ENVISION Career Exploration Program: “Leading the Future, Now”

ENVISION expands girls’ career awareness and job readiness skills while supporting them in developing achievable plans for academic and career success. Lessons focus on women’s experience in academia and the workplace as well as financial literacy training, post-secondary planning support, and exposure to a diverse array of career options through workshops and job site visits to local businesses. Program curriculum contextualizes issues like gender-based discrimination, equal pay, sexual harassment, and self-care, while helping girls prioritize their needs and interests for self-defined success.

The Springboard Series is offered three times per year, 2-4 hours per day, in 8-12 week sessions. Participants earn $300-$500 stipends depending on their seniority in Oasis programming.

As a collective, continuous array of programs, the Springboard Series establishes five qualitative goals. These core intentions, called our “5 C’s”, are: consciousness, context, competence, curiosity, and community.