Upstate Oasis is growing!
In 2018, we added 548 new participants. There are many reasons that Oasis is evolving from the best-kept secret in Syracuse, NY, to the go-to resource for older adults who are looking for inspiration and exploration.
Our programs are at the heart of our success. We offered 482 classes in 2018 and the most classes ever in one trimester. Our nationally-recognized State of the Union series continued to draw enthusiastic crowds, and we were excited to launch other promising new programs, including Tai Chi for Arthritis, beginning and intermediate tap dancing, Sound Healing with Gong Meditation, After World War: A New World and Egyptian History.
We have also become more accessible. Collaborating with community partners to offer our programs in more locations means that nearly 12,000 people who look to Oasis for lifelong learning and personal growth simply have more paths to find us.
The Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring program has grown by 150 percent in 2018. We have added several new schools in the Syracuse City School District, and now have Oasis tutors working one-on-one with students in other area districts as well, including Liverpool, Central Square and Marcellus.
All of these gains have inspired more donors than ever who share our belief that getting older represents opportunities for growth and impact. I’m proud of this growth and so thankful for those who support Upstate Oasis in keeping people active, engaged and aging well.