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Development of Comprehensive Prevention and Intervention Responses to Gangs

Award Information

Award #
2007-JV-FX-0008
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2007
Total funding (to date)
$4,993,322

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $1,723,322)

Many communities wish to implement a comprehensive gang program; however, without a prescribed template, they often are unsure where to begin and how to coordinate and develop a comprehensive action plan. At the direction of and in conjunction with OJJDP, the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) proposes to assist local sites in developing a comprehensive approach for developing and coordinating a comprehensive gang program, accompanied by on-site technical assistance and training in the early stages of the process.

IIR proposes to facilitate the following activities: (1) provide on-site assistance to sites that are supported by federally funded anti-gang initiatives. IIR will also provide support through local conference and meeting presentations. The primary targets for training and technical assistance efforts will be the ten sites supported by the U.S. Attorney General's Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative; (2) develop and, if necessary, tailor training tools and materials to support individual community efforts to control gangs. This support will be provided to communities not receiving federal funds but wishing to implement comprehensive anti-gang programs. Upon acceptance of the concept and with direction from OJJDP, IIR will initiate planning to convene a group of researchers and practitioners who have participated in comprehensive gang programs supported by OJJDP. IIR also proposes to use this meeting to develop tools that will assist local sites in planning and implementing comprehensive strategies to address gang activity; and (3)provide assistance to federal programs that focus on forming local partnerships to respond to youth behavior problems. As part of that assistance, IIR will provide information to communities that wish to identify specific programs to respond to their youths' needs. IIR will maintain a database of effective programs that address youth at risk of delinquent behavior and/or joining a gang, and will assist local site personnel in developing an inventory of their current resources through a computerized database. NCA/NCF

The National Youth Gang Center (NYGC) proposes to provide training and technical assistance to those communities receiving funding under the Gang Prevention Coordination Assistance Program to strengthen the coordination function with anticipated outcomes of improved identification, use, and integration of existing local, state, and federal programs and resources. Training and technical assistance will be chiefly provided on-site by experienced social service providers, law enforcement officers, outreach workers, staff who have been personally involved in multistrategy anti-gang projects, and by NYGC staff.
NCA/NCF

OJJDP FY 09 Demonstration Programs Division Grants was established to provide grants, cooperative agreements and other assistance to organizations designated by OJJDP, as authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. Sections 5601 et seq.) and statutes appropriating funds for juvenile justice program.

Since 1995, the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) has operated the National Youth Gang Center (NYGC) for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Since 2003, IIR has also operated the National Gang Center (NGC) for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). While NYGC has traditionally focused on younger gang members, emphasizing prevention and intervention strategies and a comprehensive approach, NGC concentrates on services and products targeting street gang members of all ages and delivers technical assistance and training primarily to law enforcement officers. BJA and OJJDP have agreed to merge the two centers and jointly fund the new organization, which will be named the National Gang Center. This program will implement the merger and operate the National Gang Center for 15 months in support of OJJDP's goals and objectives. Proposed activities include: (1) develop and provide resources to local, state, and federal policymakers; law enforcement; practitioners; and researchers, to assist in development of effective anti-gang prevention and intervention strategies; and (2) provide technical assistance and training to communities and organizations planning and implementing anti-gang strategies. NCA/NCF

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Division Grants were established to provide grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance to organizations identified in the Conference Report to accompany the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117) -- H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 111-366.

The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) operated the National Youth Gang Center (NYGC) for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) from 1995 until October 2009, when, with additional funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), NYGC became the National Gang Center (NGC). NGC continues to support both OJJDP and BJA, conducting research related to street gangs and delivering training and technical assistance to individuals and organizations and to community coalitions implementing multi-strategy approaches. OJJDP has invited IIR to apply for funding to operate the National Gang Center for 12 months to do the following: develop and provide information to policymakers, and resources to practitioners and researchers to assist in development of effective anti-gang prevention and intervention strategies; provide technical assistance and training to communities and organizations planning and implementing anti-gang strategies; support multiagency anti-gang initiatives such as Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Administration's Youth Violence Initiative, at OJJDP's direction; and collaborate with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and at the direction of OJJDP and BJA, plan and conduct a National Gang Symposium. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 10, 2007