CATS now 'safe place' for kids


POSTED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 2:55pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 5:20pm

Youth Oasis Project Safe Place and Capital Area Transit System have partnered together to bring supportive resources and immediate help to youth in distress.

Through Project Safe Place, 60 Capital Area Transit Buses have become a “rolling” safe place where kids can turn to if they need help.

All Capital Area Transit buses will feature the highly recognizable Safe Place Logo and the bus drivers are trained to provide immediate assistance. They have been instructed to call their Supervisor who will then facilitate the youth’s transfer to Youth Oasis.

Project Safe Place was brought to Baton Rouge in 2006 by Youth Oasis through a grant provided by the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation. Safe Place provides youth with a safe alternative to running away from home due to neglect, abuse or other unsafe conditions.

Safe Place is a very important and vital service for this community and the youth who live here. It is imperative that our youth know where to turn when they find themselves in an unsafe situation and it is the responsibility of every individual to reach out to our youth and keep them safe.

Youth Oasis relies heavily on our community for support of this program through help in serving as Safe Place sites, donations to keep the program running, and education to the public about Safe Place and the services it can offer the community. If you or someone you know may be interested in getting involved, visit or contact us at (225) 343-6300.

Youth Oasis is a local non-profit organization in mid-city Baton Rouge. Youth Oasis provides emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and other services to runaway and homeless youth ages 10-17 in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Youth Oasis also runs a “transitional living program” for youth ages 16-21, where youth live in a supervised apartment with staff members who help them become self-sufficient members of society and achieve their goals, including graduating from high school, enrolling in college, and/or finding successful and sustainable employment.

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