All posts by Sarah Evans

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

Camp Florence Celebrates Graduation

Three youth earned high school diplomas and one received a GED at a ceremony in late August.

OYA Foster Parents Lead Annual Backpack Event

As if fostering OYA youth wasn’t enough, Maria Mihm and Celie Kaleta also help organize a community event that provides supplies to schoolchildren.

Expressing Themselves in More Ways than One

A unique project at MacLaren teaches youth how to tell stories through breakdancing and filmmaking.

Foster Care Picnic Builds Positive Connections

The annual event allows youth, foster parents and staff to have fun in a stress-free environment.

Tournament Teaches Teamwork, Sportsmanship

OYA facilities have four all-facility sports tournaments annually.

Pow Wow Connects Youth with Their Culture

Thanks to Native American community volunteers, MacLaren youth participated in a recent pow wow at their facility.

Foster Parents Retire After 43 Years

Arnie and Donna Brubaker were known to OYA and Linn County staff as caring foster parents who never gave up on youth.

Welding Without Sparks

A virtual welding machine at Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility is helping youth learn a new trade.

Teachers, Staff in Grants Pass Cheer on Graduates

New Bridge High School sets up Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility students for success — with 23 new graduates to prove it.

Prioritizing Education — With Big Results

A record seven youth graduated high school in June at the J Bar J Boys Ranch residential program in Bend.