Gov. Kate Brown recently spent 2-1/2 hours touring MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, the Oregon Youth Authority’s largest facility. It was her first time visiting an OYA facility.
With the aid of OYA and Willamette Education Service District staff, a representative of OYA’s volunteer community, and two youth guides, Gov. Brown toured Lake Cottage, MacLaren’s recently remodeled living unit; Rockaway, which is one of MacLaren’s newly built Courtyard units and home to the University of Life; and the vocational programs housed at the Moody Industrial Arts building. She also visited with Project POOCH trainers and dogs, and went to Timberline Treatment Mall to learn about Janus Youth Programs’ Hope Partnership and OYA’s program to train and certify youth as state-certified recovery mentors.
OYA director Joe O’Leary said that the governor’s questions showed a deep understanding and support for OYA’s mission and vision. “Right before her departure, she made a point of telling me how proud and appreciative she is of the work our staff is doing, and how we’re doing it,” O’Leary said.