Fairbanks Youth Facility

View of Fairbanks Youth Facility entrance from driveway.  

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 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 classes in culinary arts, small engine repair, 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, Fairbanks Food Bank, Big Brother Big Sisters, Tanana Chiefs Conference, the Workforce Initiative and Opportunity Act program, and religious and other volunteers have allowed us to expand our network of resources as we strive to prepare our residents for success after release. We recognize it is imperative we continue to reach out beyond the facility and establish meaningful partnerships to assist residents to achieve 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 used in the facility culinary arts program, with unused produce donated to the Fairbanks Food Bank. This project would not be possible without the assistance of 4H. 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. The building itself is aging and was built in a time before the benefits of a therapeutic physical environment were realized. Staff continue to do the best they can to mitigate the surroundings by providing meaningful, evidence-based programming to residents while building strong, healthy, strength-based relationships with them.

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