Mat-Su Youth Facility
581 Outer Springer Loop Rd
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: 907 746-1630
Fax: 907 761-7249
Mat-Su Youth Facility
The Mat-Su Youth Facility is a co-ed, 15-bed secure detention program operating within a Restorative Justice framework, emphasizing public safety, restoration of victims and communities, and youth competency development (including social skills, Criminal Thinking Errors and substance abuse prevention classes). The community’s participation in the facility’s work continues through its Citizens Advisory Board and strong partnerships with organizations such as the Mat-Su Borough School District, the Mat-Su Agency Partnership, and the Community Justice Coalition, among others.
A variety of community service projects are ongoing within the facility which include stuffing envelopes for nonprofits, baking doggie treats for the local animal shelter, assembling Raise-A-Reader packets (reading promotion) given to newborn mothers at the local hospital, and crocheting hats and scarves for the local women shelter. A modest-sized greenhouse facilitates agrarian skills development and produces vegetables and flowers for donation to the local senior center throughout the summer months.
A lack of indoor exercise space continues to challenge the creative minds of staff and teachers alike in their quest to provide large-muscle group exercise within MSYF during the winter months.
The facility also provides supervision of institutionalized youth being released back into the Mat-Su valley via the Transitional Services Unit component. The Mat-Su Youth Facility has recently started a Community Detention program, run out of space provided by the Mat-Su Boys and Girls Club in Wasilla. The new program, begun in 2011, is designed to teach the Prime for Life substance abuse prevention curriculum as well as social skills to half a dozen Mat-Su youth who are on the cusp of being detained. Community Work Service is also a key element in this program which has been aided by the Mat-Su Borough Parks and Outdoor Recreation Division, the Palmer Senior Center, and the Mat-Su Boys and Girls Club. The long term goal for this program is to keep kids from entering the Mat-Su Youth Facility Detention Unit.