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Fairbanks Youth Facility

The Fairbanks Youth Facility is the second largest of Alaska’s juvenile correctional facilities, with a design capacity for 12 residents in short term detention and 15 in long term treatment. In recent years, FYF has operated at roughly 45% to 65% capacity, which has allowed us to focus on vocational and transitional services in a more effective manner. 

Our partnership with the Fairbanks School District and the Community and Technical College at UAF have allowed us to provide occasional classes in culinary arts, small engine repair (both 2 and 4 stroke) as well as first aid/CPR and the construction academy. Our residents continue to work towards educational achievement prior to release, either in the form of a high school diploma or a general equivalency degree.

There has been a concerted and continued focus on community partnerships over the past fifteen years. Agencies such as 4H and Youth Development at UAF, Fairbanks Food Bank, Big Brother Big Sisters, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Rescue Mission, the Adult Learning Programs of Alaska (Workforce Initiative and Opportunity Act program), and religious volunteers have allowed us to expand our network of resources as we strive to prepare our residents for success after incarceration. We recognize that it is imperative that we continue to reach out beyond the locked doors and establish meaningful partnerships and power sharing relationships, if we want our kids to achieve a sustained success.

During the summer months we have a garden project with crops cultivated and harvested by our Treatment Unit residents and staff.  The food from the garden is then donated to the Fairbanks Food Bank.  This project wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of the 4H and Youth Development program at UAF.  The Treatment Program also strives to teach our kids how to live an active and healthy lifestyle.  Our staff recently developed an incentive program to engage kids in the in the Presidential Physical Fitness program.

Physical improvements remain at the top of the priority list for the Fairbanks Youth Facility.  Our last upgrade was in the summer of 2012 in the form of a roof replacement and siding insulation to address the temperature concerns of the building.  Improvements are still needed for more medical space, better sight lines for security on the treatement unit, more educational space on the detention unit, warm storage for maintenance tools and vehicles, and workforce development space to promote more skill building for the youth residing in the facility.

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