Youth Opportunity Center


What if there were ONE place young people could go that would meet all of their needs? A place where they could find -everything from a warm bed and a hot meal to an opportunity to create positive change in their community?

In 2009, Oasis Center and STARS  joined together to create the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC).

A 39,000 square foot facility unlike anything else in the southeast, the YOC is a testament to the power and possibility of collaboration.  By bringing eight youth agencies under the same roof, we have been able to provide a “one-stop shop” for young people while simultaneously increasing the operating efficiency of agency partners through shared back-office services.

About the Center

Turner Commons Training Center (TCTC) is available for outside bookings. The TCTC Reservation Request Form Agreement provides details for booking the room and pricing options. There are four small training/conference rooms (285 – 920 square feet) or one large room (1830 square feet) available for booking .Call 615-279-0058 to book a room or ask questions.

YOP-Nashville Scene

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In December 2009, Rodger Dinwiddie and Hal Cato were recognized for this innovative project by being selected by the Nashville Scene as Nashvillians of the Year.

Our Goals

Our goals for developing this center were simple…

1. Align existing youth initiatives, resources and expertise

2. Expand the services facing the greatest demand

3. Increase the back-office operating efficiency of the partner agencies

4. Remove as many barriers as we possibly can that will prevent youth from accessing help

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Mentoring programs, including community based, site based (schools), high school bigs, couples programs, retired and senior volunteer program (RSVP), Amachi program (serve children of incarcerated parents).

Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee – Provides boys & girls ages 6 -18 with a safe, exciting, engaging, place to learn, grow and succeed. Teaches character & leadership development;  education & career development; health & life skills; the arts; sports, fitness & recreation.

Dr. Anne Fottrell – a psychiatrist in Nashville, TN. She cares for a patient’s mental well-being, treating conditions like anxiety or depression.

Chance Allen, APN, LMSW, PMHNP-BC- offers psychiatric services and psychotherapy. He incorporates personalized medicine using genomic testing.

Diane Allen, APN, PMHNP-BC -offers psychiatric services and psychotherapy. She incorporates personalized medicine using genomic testing.

Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency – YouthCan Program- assisting youth with -employment, occupational training and post-secondary education.

Nashville Prevention Partnership– Increase public awareness and knowledge of the nature and extent of substance use, abuse, and addiction and their effects on individuals, families, and communities;  Educates people who are both affected by substance abuse and violence as well as people hoping to impact the problem as change agents; Mobilizes the community through organizing, planning, enhancing efficiency and effectiveness through interagency collaboration, coalition building, and networking; Change environmental factors by influencing social norms and behaviors, recommending policy change, and through action-oriented initiatives that reduce the access of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Oasis Center – Crisis and residential services (counseling, emergency shelter, street outreach, drop-in center, Harwell Lofts); Youth Engagement and Action (youth program for high-risk middle school students); College Access (Helping low income/first generation college students access college and workforce preparation).

STARS  – Various youth programs dealing with social and emotional barriers to learning, including Bullying Prevention and Intervention Education, Trainings and Services; Student Assitance Programs in Middle and High Schools throughout Middle Tennessee; Kids on the Block puppet education and prevention services; Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA); Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services; PARTNERS to forge partnerships to increase academic achievement and help learner develop emotional intelligence and social competencies.

STARS welcomes and will serve individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders. We believe that every door is the right door to gain access to appropriate services in the integrated system of care.

STARS does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, creed, color, sex or national origin. No one shall be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any of STARS programs or activities. STARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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