All posts by Sarah Evans

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

The Reading Connection

Youth at OYA facilities across the state focused on reading this winter and discovered new ways to connect with school.

Learning the Rights and Responsibilities of Renting

Youth at several OYA facilities and residential programs are learning how to find rentals despite barriers — a key part of transitioning out of custody.

Tribal Members Share Traditions with MacLaren Youth

The annual event at MacLaren, organized by The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, brings ceremonies and mentoring to youth.

OYA Director’s Award Goes to Three Remarkable Employees

OYA employees Rod Martin, Patrick Lindell, and Tonya Hoover were recognized for their dedication to the agency's mission, vision, and core values.

Making the Team

For the first time in more than 30 years, MacLaren athletes had the chance this winter to play against community teams.

Youth Learn Respect and Sportsmanship Through Chess

Chess for Success regularly brings chess into OYA facilities.

In-Between Space Helps Youth Stay Out of Isolation

Staff at the STEPS program teach youth skills so that they can do better next time.

‘POOCH Changed My Life’

OYA youth help dogs and get back more than they give.

An Inventor’s Eye

A Camp Tillamook youth built a machine to make work easier at the facility’s plant nursery.

From GED to Diploma in Just Two Months

With support from his caseworkers, Tristan N. became the first in his family to graduate high school.