All posts by Sarah Evans

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

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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.

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Big Machines, Big Opportunities

A partnership with Baker Technical Institute allows OYA youth to get certified to operate heavy equipment.

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Peer Mentors Transform Treatment at Oak Creek

A new video created by a youth gives an inside view of substance use treatment at the facility.

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Program Helps OYA Youth Build Career Success

Youth Progress’s Career Center got a boost this fall with a move to a new location.

Facts About Voting for Youth in OYA Custody

Youth adjudicated in juvenile court can still vote, even if incarcerated. Learn more in our voting guide.