Mayor’s March

Walking to Raise Awareness about Youth Homelessness

Event Details

September 8, 2018

1 in 5 individuals experiencing homelessness is under the age of 18.

The Mayor’s March is an annual event sponsored by Fairbanks Youth Advocates, Fairbanks Native Association, and the Street Outreach Advocacy Program. The Mayors of Fairbanks and North Pole join in solidarity to walk from North Pole to Fairbanks in order to raise awareness about youth homelessness in Fairbanks and the Interior community. Members of the community are invited to join this historic walk.


Depart from North Pole City Hall at 1 pm. Meander alongside Badger Road for six miles to Cross Roads Baptist Church where buses transport participants to 1300 S. Cushman St. in Fairbanks. The walk continues from there down Cushman St. to finish at Fairbanks Youth Advocates at 138 10th Ave.

The Mayor’s March coincides with the One Homeless Night event, where participants spend a night sleeping outside in cardboard boxes to raise funds for The Door youth shelter.

2017 Mayor Participation

Thank you for walking with us and showing your support for homeless youth with Mayor Ward, Mayor Kassel, and Mayor Matherly as they walked from North Pole to Fairbanks.

North Pole’s Mayor Ward, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Kassel, and Fairbanks Mayor Matherly address the public at the Fairbanks Youth Advocates Park after the 2017 Mayor’s March

Sheltering Homeless Youth

Homeless youth often spend their days and nights walking the streets when they have nowhere to go. Since 2014, hundreds of different youth have found safety Fairbanks Youth Advocates’ youth shelter The Door, for kids aged 12 to 18.

Sheltered Youth


At The Door

Since opening in 2014, The Door has sheltered 313 kids

The Door Youth Shelter