All posts by Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans is the Deputy Communications Manager for the Oregon Youth Authority.

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Youth build guitars from scratch

Students at MacLaren combine their love for music with their newly-learned skills in computer-aided design and woodworking.

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Janus Youth Programs awards scholarships to OYA youth

Fifteen current and former OYA youth received scholarships for higher education or vocational training supplies.

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Peer Support Team Ready to Listen

OYA’s parole and probation staff are accustomed to helping others. But what happens when they need their own support?

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‘More than just cutting someone’s hair’

Three youth from Camp Florence have become the go-to barbers in their coastal town.

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Bringing the Pacific Islands to Tillamook

A traditional luau meal and a performance of the haka were the highlights of a learning and enrichment event at OYA’s Tillamook facilities.

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Students Drive Big Machines — Virtually

Baker Technical Institute recently brought its heavy equipment simulator to the Oak Creek campus.

A New Way of Living

Renovations to the living units at MacLaren aim to better support rehabilitation.

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Getting on the College Track

A community mentoring program is supporting OYA students in their pursuit of higher education.

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‘I Feel Like I’m Winning at Something’

A job at Intel has given a 16-year-old OYA youth more than just an income — it’s given her motivation to change.

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Film Group Teaches History and Culture

A program where youth watch films from Spanish-speaking countries has become popular at MacLaren.