To successfully fulfill OYA’s mission, we must ensure that we effectively meet the needs of all youth and communities, especially those who are marginalized.
Eastern works to provide culturally appropriate services at our facility, both for youth who identify as part of marginalized groups, and for all our youth to learn to understand and respect other cultures. Many, but not all, of these services are led by our Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR).
Eastern provides culturally responsive services for many groups, including:
- African American
- Asian and Pacific Islander
- Hispanic and Latino/x
- Native American
- Immigrant and non-citizen youth and families
Eastern also has family-friendly events to support family engagement, and has educational groups for Hispanic and Latino/x, African American, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, and other identified cultural supports that would benefit youth.
OYA also provides a free tattoo removal program for any youth wishing to get rid of gang-related, sex trafficking-related, or other anti-social tattoos. This program is 100% voluntary and is done at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.
To learn more about our cultural services at Eastern, contact:
Multicultural Youth Services Coordinator