All posts by Sarah Evans

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

Backs of heads of graduates wearing caps and gowns

OYA youth celebrate graduation milestone

Education is an important part of holding youth accountable and aiding their rehabilitation at OYA.

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New Bridge students join Oregon book battle

A team from OYA’s Rogue Valley facility competed in literary trivia against other schools for the first time.

Outside entrance to Eastern Oregon facility, with flag pole

‘The skills we all need, every day’

Lessons in emotion regulation, problem-solving, and conflict resolution are improving OYA living units — and giving youth skills for success in life.

Outside photo of New Bridge High School and a metal bridge leading to it

Two students become first Rogue Valley college grads

Both earned their associate degrees from Rogue Community College.

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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.

City building with sign on the side that says "How are you really?"

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?

Two young men in a barbershop shave an older man's head

‘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.

Baker Technical Institute trailer sitting outside a building

Students Drive Big Machines — Virtually

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