Category: Community

Lane County Youth Embraces Recovery

Elizabeth recently became the first OYA youth to graduate from her county’s juvenile drug treatment court.

Florence Youth Learns Animal Care Through Internship

Daniel hopes to become a certified veterinary technician — and a clinic in Florence gave him invaluable first-hand experience.

Youth Prep Dogs for Adoption — and Learn Empathy in the Process

A dedicated volunteer at Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility is teaching youth to train rescue dogs.

Event Connects Youth with Younger Family Members

An annual event at MacLaren provides much-needed bonding time for youth and their families.

Panorama of Oregon Beautifies Oak Creek Gym

A volunteer at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility raised funds for a 10-by-60 foot mural to be painted on the facility’s gym wall.

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.

Youth Celebrate Pride at MacLaren

The event offered support, history lessons, and fun for LGBTQ youth and allies.

OYA Completes Feeder System Research Project

The project will help inform efforts to identify earlier the youth who are at risk of future criminal and juvenile justice system involvement.

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.