Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $349,768)
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 San Xavier District is one of eleven political subdivisions of the Tohono O'odham Nation, a federally-recognized tribe. The tribal service population reported by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2005 was 26,673 with 8,289 (31%) persons, listed as being under 16. The 2000 census recorded the population as 2,053 persons. The focus of this application is to develop and implement a culturally sensitive, direct service, prevention program to impact risk factors for juvenile delinquency. The goal is to increase the number of O'odham children staying out of trouble, and succeeding in school; the primary objective being to offer the children and their parents or guardians as much professional and community support by identifying resources and utilizing community support. The San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation will recruit and train two Program Coordinators to utilize the Family Group Decision Making model, an evidence-based, culturally sensitive program, which involves and empowers families. The San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation will serve a minimum of 144 O'odham children, between 10 to 14 years of age. The project will be located at the District's Education Department and operate year round, after school and during breaks.