Nevada Youth Training Center (NYTC)



The Nevada Youth Center (NYTC), established in 1915, is a staff-secure facility located in Elko, Nevada. The facility includes seven separate housing units for youth committed to the state for correctional care; three cottages that hold 16 youth who have graduated the Reception and Classification Cottage. NYTC has the capacity to serve up to 160, but currently is legislatively funded for 60 youth ages 12 to 18. For over 100 years, the Nevada Youth Training Center has assisted in helping Nevada’s at risk youth change their course. NYTC’s mission is to promote positive value change to the youth served through a balanced, team-centered and strength based approach.

In an effort to help improve the future of at risk youth, NYTC utilizes Forward Thinking, a cognitive behavioral program model. The program utilizes evidence-based strategies and interactive journaling to assist youth in making positive changes in their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Youth participate in individual journaling sessions and group discussions; improving communication skills and learning to work as a team. Forward Thinking focuses on the topics of “What Got Me Here, Responsible Behavior, Individual Change Plan, Handling Difficult Feelings, Relationships and Communication, Family, Victim Awareness, Substance Using Behaviors, and Reentry Planning.”

Set just outside Elko, NV, NYTC provides a unique atmosphere for correctional care. On site an administration building, an infirmary, a full-service kitchen and laundry, maintenance, an accredited high school, a gymnasium, a football/soccer field, a baseball/softball diamond, and a workout room for, weightlifting, and cardio fitness.   


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