Fairbanks Youth Advocates
Facilitating life transitions for at-risk youth
Why we Help
Fairbanks Youth Advocates believes that providing assistance at critical times in the lives of young people is vital to their present and future well being, ultimately contributing to the stability and long-term health of our community. We seek to facilitate at-risk youth during life transitions. Foundational in this effort is ensuring young kids have a safe place to stay when they find themselves without a home.
Our services are available for ALL youth aged 12-18 youth regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. We respect and honor the human dignity of all people. Under no circumstances is it required or expected that an individual believes a certain way to access or receive services.
We accept all as they are, however, they are.
With your help we can make a difference
The Door Emergency Youth Shelter
Providing safe shelter 24/7 for teens 12-18
Sheltering Homeless Youth
The Door is a 24-7 shelter for homeless youth aged 12-18, located at 138 10th Avenue in Fairbanks. The shelter provides a safe place to sleep, home cooked meals, clothing, supplies, and connections to community resources to help youth find stability. We are licensed by the State of Alaska and can house up to 12 kids.
The journey of FYA and specifically The Door is largely a product of the generous Fairbanks community. Since our beginning, volunteers have served alongside paid staff to maintain the shelter programs, and donations from the community help us provide for the kids' immediate needs.
We wouldn't be able to do this without you!
I’m from a small village. My mom committed suicide when I was four, and my dad was a drug dealer. She didn’t want me living with him. So I just went from place to place. I’ve been on my own since I was nine and working since I was twelve. I’ve never really had a stable place to live, or parents or anything – I always moved around a lot, on different people’s couches, with friends and family. A year and a half ago, I became really homeless. I couldn’t get a job, and I got into using and selling hard drugs. Meth and heroin. After a few months, I went back to the village to sober up, and then I moved to Fairbanks to get away from all of that. I didn’t have anywhere to go. I went to the Rescue Mission and they told me about this place for teens. I’m really glad this place is here. The staff are great and supportive and caring, they’ve helped me find resources to help, given me food and bus tokens – bus tokens make a big difference...