Nicole Mills, executive director, joined Oasis for Youth as our first executive director in March of 2015. Nicole has worked with youth experiencing homelessness in the Twin Cities since 2000. Nicole is committed to embracing positive youth development, trauma informed care and harm reduction practices and truly believes in the strength and ability of young people. Nicole is also a firm believer in advocacy work and has been a member of Youth Moving Forward, MN’s homeless youth advocacy team, since 2006.
Prior to joining Oasis for Youth, Nicole was the program director for The Salvation Army’s Booth Brown House emergency youth shelter and housing program and the program manager for Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s emergency youth shelter and street based outreach program. Nicole teaches a course on youth homelessness at the University of Minnesota in the Urban Studies Department. Nicole holds a B.S. in urban studies with a minor in youth studies from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in public policy with a focus on public and non-profit management from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Jess joined Oasis in March 2016 to be part of the innovative partnership with Mall of America by providing case management to youth MOA team members who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. In early 2017, Jess became Oasis' program manager and brings to that position 10+ years of experience working with youth programs. She previously worked at The Salvation Army Booth Brown House and now serves on their Advisory Board. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in public affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School.
Jess is honored to work with young people on a daily basis and seeks out opportunities to help them recognize their awesomeness. She is committed to working collaboratively with community partners to develop and implement strategic solutions to end youth homelessness.
Jasmyn works as lead case manager for Oasis, connecting with youth at our Drop-In Center and at local area schools. Jasmyn has an extensive background in outreach from her work with Streetworks Collaborative, Lutheran Social Services, and the Salvation Army Booth Brown House. She has used her expertise and connections to help create an in depth “Guide to the Streets” for at risk youth and young adults.
Hans joined the case management staff at Oasis in September 2015. Hans works in our school-based outreach services and also meets with youth on-site at Oasis. He previously worked as an employment navigator and case manager with newly arrived refugees at the International Institute of Minnesota.
LaJeanna joined Oasis in December 2015 as the outreach case manager. She has been working in youth services for the past five years. She has worked for Face to Face as an outreach worker, for Catholic Charities as a case manager, and has also worked with the Department of Human Services. LaJeanna previously served on the board of the MN Coalition for the Homeless and has spoken in front of the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate for homeless youth rights. She uses her passion for art and humor to help youth unlock their strengths and grasp the stability they need.
Tina joined Oasis in July 2017 as the new Case Manager at our Mall of America office. She will be an advocate for youth employed at MOA who may need help with housing, transportation, employment advocacy, basic needs support and more. Tina comes with 4 years of experience in the employment services world. She previously was an AmeriCorps Employment Navigator serving at CAPI USA, leading their South East Asian grant program. After working with various groups, she is returning to her main passion: working with youth.
Cory joined Oasis in October 2017 as the Housing Case Manager. He recently moved to Minnesota from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before joining Oasis, Cory worked at Wraparound Milwaukee, where he connected youth and their families to support systems and helped them address each of their unique behavioral, academic, and mental health needs. He also coached 3rd-8th grade Youth Sports with the YMCA for eight years.
Cory has a strong passion for helping to empower others. He believes that everyone is capable of contributing something special to their community regardless of where they come from or what obstacles they face. When he’s not working, Cory enjoys playing basketball and staying active, spending time with his family and friends, traveling, and playing videogames.
Elyse started as the first full-time Development and Communications Officer in June 2017. Previously employed at The Salvation Army as their Grants & Major Gifts Manager, Elyse brings years of fundraising experience with major donors, corporations, foundations, and individuals. She also has experience in creating print, web and social media content. She was the editor and project coordinator for the Nine Guiding Evidence-Based Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homelessness. Elyse is deeply passionate about empowering others, especially youth who are experiencing homelessness and/or exploitation and abuse.
Elyse lives in Blaine with her husband, Jared, and baby girl, Adaleigh. When she’s not working, she spends time with her family, reading a great book, drinking Dunn Brother’s coffee, and being outdoors.