All posts by Sarah Evans

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

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Facilities Honor Class of 2020

Across OYA facilities, 105 youth were part of this year's graduating class.

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A Family First: College Graduation

Four youth in OYA custody recently became the first in their families to earn college degrees.

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Incarcerated Youth Get One-on-One Help Filing Taxes

Oregon Department of Revenue employees volunteer to assist youth in custody with one of their civic duties.

Events Help Youth Learn About and Re-Examine Culture

Six OYA facilities held events to commemorate Black History Month.

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Meet Josefina, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

She is the first youth in OYA history to earn this certification while incarcerated.

Joe O'Leary's juvenile justice seminar poses for a final class photo.

‘We can form a better system’

OYA youth and outside law students share their reflections on the class they recently took together.

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Rogue Valley Ukulele Players Record Christmas Album

Proceeds from the CD sales pay for youth to get their own ukulele when they parole out of the facility.

Students participate in a recent Living Yoga class at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.

Healing Through Yoga

A volunteer-led yoga program helps MacLaren youth reconnect with their bodies.

Three students participate in a recent Lewis & Clark Law School class at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.

Law Students Learn from the Inside

At Lewis & Clark Law School’s Juvenile Justice Seminar, taught by Oregon Youth Authority director Joe O’Leary, law students and incarcerated youth learn side by side.

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Former OYA Youth Earns Criminal Justice Fellowship

Bobby Tsow was the first person to win the national fellowship while still incarcerated.