Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $476,109)
The Justice Department's grant-making components have created a streamlined approach for federally recognized Tribes, Tribal consortia, Alaska Native villages and corporations, as well as authorized tribal designees to apply for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 funding opportunities. The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) serves as a single solicitation for existing tribal government-specific grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The CTAS solicitation is designed to assist tribes with addressing crime and public safety issues in a comprehensive manner. The CTAS grant-application process was inspired by and developed after consultation with tribal leaders, including sessions at the Justice Department's Tribal Nations Listening Session in 2009, and has been updated based on continued tribal consultations and listening sessions.
The Native Village of Afognak (NVA) seeks to prevent the delinquency of Alaska Native youth and lessen their use of alcohol and illegal substances by providing cultural enrichment opportunities through 1) creating a community where underage alcohol consumption and substance abuse is no longer socially acceptable; 2) increasing positive activities for youth through supporting their participation in established programs such as Dig Afognak and after school programs; 3) creating culturally relevant activities to encourage high school and middle school age youth to be active participants in their education and stay in school; and 4) creating a tribal intern program where youth can form a relationship with their Tribe and gain valuable work/life skills. NVA's target population for this project includes tribal members as well as all Native youth on Kodiak Island. The program will address a multitude of issues impacting youth on Kodiak Island such as the repercussions of geographic isolation, depression, low self-esteem, and a lack of pride in their culture. A number of measurement tools will be utilized throughout this program to evaluate and assess the project's impact on Alaska Native youth.