Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)
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 Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma is a Federally Recognized Tribe with a population of 959. The tribe is applying for category 1 funding, to provide prevention services to impact risk factors for delinquency. The project seeks to serve 50 juveniles ages 10-17. The project will be located in Fort Oakland, OK, a community within the jurisdiction of the tribe. An afterschool program will offer supervised recreational and prevention activities for at-risk youth throughout the year. Activities will include tutoring, physical fitness, cultural projects, community service, art and more. The program goal is to prevent and control delinquency, with the following objectives: 1)hire a TYP Director to attend training and develop a strategic plan to build the capacity to achieve program goals; 2)develop evaluation and data-related designs and collect data; 3) establish an afterschool program, with sponsored activities; and 4)meet performance and outcome objectives with the operation of a youth center serving 45% of the target population and decreasing risk behaviors.