Fairbanks Youth Advocates has been providing 24/7 safe shelter to homeless youth aged 12 to 18 since 2014 at The Door. Homeless youth often spend days and nights walking the streets because they have nowhere to go.
Last year The Door provided shelter to 79 different youth. This year The Door expects the count to be even higher. The Door currently remains at capacity or near capacity. The Door can house 12 youth at a time. The Door provides shelter, services for transitioning to stability, counseling and family mediation services. Most youth come to The Door due to high levels of conflict in their homes. The Door’s goal is to return teens home as soon as possible. Most youth stay less than a week at The Door.
In solidarity and support, City of Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart, North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward, and Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel will together walk the fourteen miles from downtown North Pole to downtown Fairbanks to raise awareness of the challenges of youth homelessness and to raise funds for The Door.
The Mayors encourage the community to join them in supporting homeless youth by pledging their support and donating to their march through www.fairbanksyouthadvocates.org/mayorsmarch
The Mayors March will be on September 10, 2016. It will begin at 1:00 PM at the North Pole City Hall and will conclude at The Door with a conversation about youth homelessness in our area at 7:00 PM.