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OYA's Approach

We use common sense approaches guided by research on what works.

Positive Human Development (PHD)

Helping everyone develop in safe, secure, respectful and supportive environments, where we all are held accountable and are connected to our community.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, and ensuring we meet the needs of all youth and communities, especially those who are marginalized.

Youth Reformation System (YRS)

Using research, predictive analytics, and professional judgment to inform decisions across the juvenile justice continuum to reduce crime and improve outcomes.

Small and Safe Living Units

Reducing the youth-to-staff ratio in living units to increase safety, enhance engagement, increase relationship-building, and create more skill development opportunities.