All posts by Sarah Evans

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

Once in Recovery, Now Role Models

OYA’s mentor training program helps youth turn past addictions into an opportunity to help others.

Hernandez and youth sitting at a table.

Using Her Past to Help Others

With the help of OYA, Renée Hernandez went from being an incarcerated youth to a respected staff member and mentor.

Tiny House, Big Skills

Youth at OYA's Tillamook facilities build a house from the ground up, learning job skills in the process.

OYA Facilities Honor Class of 2018

About 100 youth in OYA facilities earned college degrees, high school diplomas, or GEDs.

OYA Youth in the Community Celebrate Graduations

Statewide, 128 youth on OYA parole or probation earned high school diplomas or GEDs.

New Program Creates Runners at Oak Creek

The facility recently hosted its first 10K race — and more running events are in the works.

Oregon Tribes Bring Ceremony — and Mentorship — to OYA Youth

The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde host annual ceremonies and talking circles at MacLaren.

OYA Dedicates New Bridge High School

The new building offers expanded educational and vocational opportunities at Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility.

Rogue Valley School Honored as High Performance Building

The school's architects were recognized for their work to incorporate efficient energy strategies.

Girls Build at Oak Creek

Oak Creek Youth Learn Construction Isn’t Just for Men

The Girls Build program teaches youth job skills — and gives them confidence.