Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $425,000)
The Alaska Native Justice Center, in partnership with the State of Alaska’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), proposes Reach for Success Girls Reentry to address the problem of the disproportionate representation of Alaska Native/American Indian girls among those involved with Alaska’s juvenile justice system. Primary project activities are 1) delivery of culturally informed and gender-relevant youth advocacy services across the in-facility, reentry, and follow-up phases of DJJ involvement; 2 ) identification of barriers and strategies to increase opportunities for Alaska Native girls to access civil diversion alternatives to sentencing in a State of Alaska court, and 3) delivery of training in Restorative Justice Circle Facilitation and Alaska Native resources for at risk girls and young women to DJJ staff. Key products and deliverables are: restorative justice circle; one-on-one advocacy sessions, culture bearer sessions, cultural activities, community service opportunities, community gatherings, youth leadership development sessions; youth diversion court barriers/opportunities assessment, and trainings. The service area for the direct services project component is Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. The service area for the prevention and early intervention project component is Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. The service area for the training component is statewide. Alaska Native/American Indian girls involved with the juvenile justice system in Alaska will be the primary project beneficiaries. The communities in which these girls live, and the tribes with which they are affiliated, will be secondary beneficiaries. All DJJ involved youth, and all youth at risk of DJJ involvement, will benefit from the training DJJ staff receive through the proposed project.