NICOLE MILLS, EXECUTIVE director
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, Program Director
Jess joined Oasis in March 2016 to help launch the innovative partnership with Mall of America, where she provided onsite support to young MOA employees. Jess became Oasis' program manager in 2017 and has since moved into a program director role to provide increased strategic direction to Oasis' expanding programs. She works most closely with Oasis' housing and employment initiatives. Jess brings 15+ years of experience working with youth programs and recently completed her 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, Program Manager
Jasmyn oversees drop-in and outreach services, and is Oasis’ most tenured employee, having been with us since 2014 as our lead case manager. Jasmyn has an extensive history working with youth, starting her career as an outreach worker with StreetWorks, and going on to work at Lutheran Social Services, Salvation Army Booth Brown House, District 202, and SafeZone. She quickly became a leader in the outreach community, using her expertise and connections to create the “Guide to the Streets” for youth and young adults. She continues to share her knowledge and skill with the youth-serving community as she leads trainings, especially about how to work with youth who are commercially sexually exploited as well as parenting youth.
When not working, Jasmyn spends time with her toddler, Marrion, who is her world; or with her family. After all, she is the oldest of six!
HANS, School-based outreach
Hans heads-up Oasis’ school-based outreach services in eight area high schools and alternative programs. Since he joined us in 2015, Hans has utilized his positive energy and sense of humor to create and nurture holistic relationships with the youth he supports. He believes in a strengths-based approach, believing in a youth’s ability to drive and determine their own future.
Outside of the school year, Hans focuses on connecting with community partners and local police departments to raise awareness about suburban youth homelessness. Hans is a member of the StreetWorks Outreach Collaborative. He previously worked as an employment navigator and case manager with newly arrived refugees at the International Institute of Minnesota.
Outside of work, Hans enjoys adventuring with his wife Lauren, playing Ultimate Frisbee, photography and watching the Green Bay Packers.
Tina, Mall of America
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.
Ran, Housing - Onward EP
Ran joins us as the Onward Eden Prairie Case Manager. He will be providing support to the four youth in the Onward EP house. Ran used to volunteer with Oasis, and we are so excited to have him on our team! He is very intentional in using daily interactions like cooking, fitness, and humor to build relationships with our youth.
Ran comes to us from Full Cycle, a program of Pillsbury United Communities, that focuses on building relationships and employment skills with youth experiencing homelessness with the use of bike mechanics, a retail shop and more. Ran and his youth interns would bicycle a mobile food shelf to communities that needed food. Ran also is a StreetWorks outreach worker, providing community-based outreach to youth and developing community connections. He is a graduate of Normandale Community College and is currently pursuing his psychology degree at Augsburg College. His ultimate goal is to bring more mental health resources to marginalized communities.
Jakyra, office manager
Since 2017, Jakyra has been a consistent presence at the Drop-in Center, supporting our young people. She started working with youth in 2015 as a volunteer Youth Leader for Young Life, during which time she earned her Human Services A.S. Degree. Jakyra is very passionate about the youth at Oasis and enjoys being able to walk alongside them on their journey to success. In 2018, Jakyra’s position expanded so that she could support the team and keep things running as smoothly as possible.