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Tribal Youth Programs and Services


Programs and Funding

Research and Evaluation





OJJDP's Tribal Youth Programs and Services helps tribal communities prevent victimization and juvenile delinquency, reduce violent crime, and improve tribal juvenile justice systems.
Programs and FundingTop  
The Department of Justice's Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), combines funding from a number of Office of Justice Programs departments. CTAS includes two primary funding sources for federally recognized tribes that focus on youth. These two grant funding programs are described below and can be applied for via the CTAS application. For more information on CTAS, visit
  • The Tribal Youth Program (FY99-FY12): Supports juvenile delinquency prevention services and the ability of tribes to respond to, and care for, juvenile offenders and supports tribal governments to prevent juvenile delinquency and respond to, and care for, juvenile offenders;
  • The Tribal Juvenile Assistance Discretionary Grant Program (FY04-FY12): Supports the development and implementation of programs that increase accountability for delinquent tribal youth and strengthen tribal juvenile justice systems.
In addition to those grants available directly to federally recognized tribes through CTAS, OJJDP has funded demonstration mentoring programs, and research and evaluation programs focused on tribal youth. These include:
  • Tribal Youth Mentoring Program (FY08-FY11): Aims to build the capacity of tribes to develop and strengthen tribal youth mentoring programs
  • Tribal Juvenile Detention & Reentry Green Demonstration Program (FY09): Supports demonstrative program services with an environmental focus for tribal youth residing within or reentering from tribal juvenile detention centers.
  • Tribal Youth Field Initiated Research & Evaluation (FY09-FY12): Practitioner- and policy-maker oriented research and evaluation studies of effective programs, policies, and strategies for the prevention and intervention of tribal youth delinquency.
  • National Intertribal Youth Summit (FY10-FY12): A culturally sensitive youth leadership conference for at-risk American Indian and Alaska Native youth (ages 14-17) that focuses on critical issues in tribal communities.
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Tribal Youth Program Training and Technical Assistance
Training and Technical AssistanceTop  

Training and technical Assistance is available through several sources:

Tribal Youth Program (TYP) Training and Technical Assistance Center:
Education Development Center provides TTA to OJJDP Tribal Youth Program grantees and TTA is also available all federally recognized tribes to increase AI/AN communitiesí skills and knowledge about programs and strategies, building tribesí capacity to develop effective and sustainable programs for reducing juvenile crime and increasing youth potential in tribal communities.

Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry (TJDR) Training and Technical Assistance Center:
Education Development Center provides TTA to OJJDP TJDR grantees, tribal juvenile detention centers, and to all federally recognized tribes seeking to improve services to tribal youth in detention and reentry or improving their tribal juvenile justice systems. TJDR also provides resources for tribes interested in developing green and sustainable economic projects involving detained or reentering tribal youth.

TYP and TJDR TTA Centers provide federally recognized tribes with assistance through a variety of approaches including consultation through e-mails, telephone calls, and site visits as well as peer-to-peer dialogue and training, including teleconferences and Web-based discussions. Topics addressed include:

  • capacity building
  • culturally based approaches to prevention and intervention
  • program implementation
  • evaluation
  • enhancement of tribal court systems
  • strategic planning
  • sustainability
  • youth issues, including gangs and youth leadership
Training and technical assistance support is also available from CSR Incorporated, which manages the Data Collection and Technical Assistance Tool (DCTAT) for grantees to report performance measurement data. CSR staff also provide training and support regarding the selection and use of performance measures and navigating DCTAT. Further information on how to access assistance is available on the DCTAT Web page.

OJJDP Publication(s)
OJJDP's Program of Research for Tribal Youth
April 2001. This fact sheet summarizes OJJDP's tribal youth research activities, under the Tribal Youth Program (TYP), which are designed to provide empirical evidence about juvenile justice and delinquency prevention policies and practices and their impact on tribal youth. 2 pages. NCJ 187530.
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