Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $329,150)
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 goal of the proposed Bay Mills Tribal Youth Program Project is to provide prevention programming and services that impact the risk factors for juvenile delinquency among Tribal youth on the Bay
Mills Indian Reservation in Chippewa County, Michigan. Bay Mills has identified three specific risk factors as the focus for the proposed Tribal Youth Program, including 1) substance abuse,including alcohol and drug use; 2) aggressive behavior and violence; and 3) depression. Specific programming will provide participating youth age 8 to 18 with problem solving skills, conflict resolution, non-violent handling of disputes and the development of an individual's support system involving family members as well as community contacts.