MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility youth and staff looking down the center driveway of campus on July 26 saw an unusual site: a bike ramp with BMX riders flying through the air.
The professional stunt riders — along with a barbecue dinner, Christian music concert, and speeches of hope from local religious leaders — were part of the first-ever event at MacLaren led by the Luis Palau Association, a Portland-based global ministry organization.
About 75 OYA youth chose to attend alongside 50 volunteers from Palau and other community religious organizations, including Athey Creek Christian Fellowship of West Linn, Salem Evangelical Church, and St. Luke Catholic Church of Woodburn.
“The purpose of the event was to encourage our youth as they make positive life changes,” says Rev. Sean Page, MacLaren’s chaplain and volunteer coordinator.