TAKE ACTION to stop closure of Naselle Youth Camp
Governor Inslee’s proposed budget is calling for the closure of Naselle Youth Camp
The announcement to close Naselle Youth Camp came as a shock to the community, employees, residents and even top level state administrators.
Ask your legislators to work together to stop the closure of Naselle Youth Camp by putting funding for Naselle back in the state operating budget.
Naselle Youth Camp (NYC) is critical to the success of our state’s rehabilitation mission
and to the economy and residents of Naselle.
For more than 50 years, Naselle Youth Camp has provided troubled teens with educational, therapeutic and restorative justice pathways to rehabilitation.
- Naselle Youth Camp is home to the nationally recognized program MyJOB (My Journey Out Beyond) - a unique vocational training partnership that focuses on the hard and soft skills residents need get a job upon reentry.
- Naselle students out-performed their non-incarcerated peers statewide, 74 percent to 64 percent, on the state's 10th-grade biology test. Those numbers are especially remarkable given the obstacles to overcome: fewer than 40 percent of the students read at grade-level when they arrive.
- Naselle Youth Camp is a minimum/medium security non fenced, 23 acre wooded environment focused on education not incarceration. The facility is currently operating at between 98-110% resident capacity.
- Naselle Youth Camp has long been a pillar of achievement in the field of juvenile rehabilitation because the employees of NYC are committed to the success of the boys that reside there.
Moving Naselle residents into Greenhill - a razor-wire-fenced maximum security facility already operating beyond its residency capacity or placing the residents of Naselle back into our communities before they’re ready is not the answer. Naselle residents deserve a fair and equitable chance at a successful future. This is essential to the long term health of all of Washington’s communities.
Closing Naselle Youth Camp would have devastating effects on the community of Nasalle.
Naselle Youth Camp is by far the single-largest source of jobs in the Naselle area. Camp closure would have significant ripple impacts on nearby communities, including the Long Beach Peninsula, Astoria and Warrenton, where Naselle employees shop and many own or rent housing.
A loss of over 100 jobs representing a payroll of over $3.5 million in community benefit is estimated. These are good, living wage, union represented jobs that protect the safety and health of our state and we can’t afford to lose them.
Please send an email today urging our representatives to work together to keep Naselle Youth Camp open.
- Naselle Youth Camp is a vital part of the community.
- Closing the facility would have catastrophic effects on this community.
- Ask lawmakers to support LD19 constituents, friends and neighbors in keeping good jobs in the local community – jobs that keep Washington strong and safe. The focus for now is limited to LD 19 lawmakers - see email above.
- Ask lawmakers to preserve Naselle Youth Camp as it provides Washington’s kids with rehabilitation and education needed to be successful.
- Ask lawmakers to oppose closure of Naselle Youth Camp.
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State facilities obviously must make sense in their own right, but these closures are stabs in the hearts of fragile small-town economies. Local economic needs shouldn’t ever be the sole driver of state facility decisions, but here in Naselle Youth Camp we are speaking about one of the top five employers in a chronically depressed county, a facility that functions well. Its closure would threaten the viability of Naselle-Grays River Valley School District, which oversees NYC’s separate high school. All this must be taken into consideration.