All posts by Sarah Evans

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

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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.

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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.