Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $249,999)
Part of the Indian Country Law Enforcement Initiative, a joint initiative of DOJ and the U.S. Department of the Interior to improve law enforcement and the administration of criminal and juvenile justice in Indian country, OJJDP's Tribal Youth Program (TYP) supports and enhances tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. This program is authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended and the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 111-8.
The Huron Potawatomi, Inc. is a Federally Recognized Tribe in southwest Michigan with a service population of 665 members. The tribe is applying for funding to 'provide prevention services to impact risk factors for delinquency, including risk factor identification, anti-gang education, youth gun violence reduction programs, truancy prevention programs, school dropout prevention programs, afterschool programs, and parenting education programs.' The project seeks to serve 40 juveniles 12-17 years old. The Project will implement activities using The Four Directions of Native Youth Health, 40 Developmental Assets, and Seven Grandfather Teachings such as Youth Tribal Council, community service, Potawatomi Youth Gathering, and prevention education. The project goal is to develop tribal youth who become healthy, caring and responsible members of their families and community.
Program objectives are as follows. 1) Develop and receive approval for a strategic plan that includes, but is not limited to, a logic model, an action plan, and an evaluation plan. 2) Provide afterschool and summer-based prevention activities that increase the number of Developmental Assets and the Seven Grandfather Teachings exhibited by those Tribal youth. 3) Increase the level of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of tribal youth related to
Developmental Assets, Seven Grandfather Teachings, Native youth health topics of substance abuse, suicide, diabetes/obesity/sedentary lifestyle, and abuse/unhealthy relationships.
Project personnel are required to collect and report data on a regular basis using an internal grant data collection form. CA/NCF