How to Get Involved

Help our youth through volunteering or employment opportunities

Shelter Volunteer

Volunteer at The Door youth shelter

Making cookies at The Door

Would you like an opportunity to make a lasting impact in the lives of young people? Consider Volunteering at The Door. This includes a minimum commitment of 8 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months. Currently, our need is for Thursday evenings from 5p.m. to 7:00,  and 7p.m. to 9:00. We also have a need for a 2 hour period that floats on the weekends –  depending on the specific activity set up for the weekend. Serve alongside our staff and receive training on various aspects of working with youth.

If you are interested, can pass a background check, age 21 or older, and can commit to the requirements as described, complete the online Volunteer Application.

Group Volunteers

Volunteer as a group for specific projects

Project participation.

Groups of volunteers offer tremendous assistance when a major task is undertaken, like cleaning, sorting donations, yard work, making food bags, etc. These are perfect opportunities for youth groups, church groups, school groups, family groups, or others to join in collectively and make their mark. If your group would like to volunteer, please contact us.

General Volunteer

Volunteer for helpful tasks

Working in the garden.

The volunteers who give of their time to Fairbanks Youth Advocates are an essential part of making us successful. They help us meet the needs of the kids we serve. We can always use a little help with a variety of tasks that vary with the season. If you would like to help with office tasks, maintenance, gardening, organizing, running errands or other ideas you may have, please contact us.

Serve on the Board

Volunteer to serve on the Fairbanks Youth Advocates Advisory Board

Board of Directors

Fairbanks Youth Advocates is currently seeking to expand our board with passionate and skilled individuals who share the desire to help the homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in the Interior Alaska Community.

Although not limited to these skill sets, these are some of the experience we are seeking to grow our board.

  • Business leadership
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Justice, public safety
  • Legal
  • Website management and Graphic Design

The documents below will inform you of that process and offer information about what that involves. Please read through the documents and send your application to Marylee Bates.

Committee Participation

Join a committee to volunteer your special skills or expertise

Working Committees

Do you have a professional skill or desire to help that would contribute to one of our committees? We could use some assistance with following committees. Email Sarah Finnell for more information.


  • All aspects of fundraising from networking to event planning

Public Information

  • Design, graphics, website management
  • Photographer or videographer for fundraisers and special events


  • Planning, logistics, coordination, helping hands

Buildings & Maintenance

  • Skills in aspects of building, maintenance, repair, construction


Pray for us, pray with us

Pray for us, pray with us.

We are so grateful for YOU who pray for us.  Thank you for praying and interceding on our behalf and on behalf of the kids and families we work with.
  • Pray for us, pray with us, pray when and how you can.
    We know how important prayer is to what we do!
  • Pray for us at home, in your church, or with your family.
  • Come walk through The Door and pray for us here.
    (Call 374-5678 to schedule a time.)
Your prayers are so appreciated!

Prayer Needs


  • that when they are in need – they would have the courage to choose to come to The Door
  • they would know they are worth loving
  • they would know they are a gift to the community
  • they would receive what they need and never be the same
  • they would not believe the lie that life isn’t worth living
  • they would not believe the lie that no one cares
  • they would chose life
  • that they can relax, and rest, and feel His peace


  • healing & restoration
  • reconciliation wherever possible
  • protection from pressures and temptations
  • soften the hearts of the parents toward the children and the children toward the parents


  • help us to be Jesus to the kids
  • help us to listen deeply
  • help us to hear and see what the real needs are
  • help us to have a united voice
  • help us to be nonjudgemental
  • that we would not grow weary
  • that we would remember we need to take care of ourselves


  • Employees: We are currently praying for a house parent. This is a live-in position. The job description is on our website.
  • lighthouse shelter from the storm
  • beacon of light
  • safe place for all

Employment Opportunities

Explore employment option with Fairbanks Youth Advocates

Employment at FYA

Fairbanks Youth Advocates is seeking committed, passionate, and caring individuals who support our mission, align with our purpose and desire to help meet the needs of homeless and at-risk youth in Alaska’s Interior. Special consideration for CNCS alumni. We cannot accommodate walk-ins or phone calls.


Apply online or email,  (this position is currently filled)

National & Community Service

FYA actively recruits and employs those who have completed a national service program. We receive HMIS funding to provide services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or near-homelessness. read more >>

Current Employees and Positions

  • Marylee Bates
Counseling Office:
  • Dave Bates,  LPC, ABCST, Clearwater Counseling, Clinical Director
  • Deidre Larson, Business & Financial Manager
  • Paula Kennedy, Receptionist
  • Winnie Bien Aime: MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern
  • Susanne Jenemann, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist,
Shelter Supervisor
  • Kelli Boyle
Volunteer In Service to America (VISTA)
  • Julie Ashburn
Volunteer Coordinator
  • Hannah Wing
House Parents
  • Kevin Hein
  • Brian Pickett
  • Ashley Faiella
HMIS Data Entry
  • Holly Blood
Youth Empowerment Specialists
  • Hannah Wing
  • Amelia Bentele-Edwards
  • Stacy Taylor
  • Angela Myers
  • David Blancarte
  • Emily Dobson
  • Tammy Sims