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National Girls Initiative (Year 3)

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Funding First Awarded

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,517,513)

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates.

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF) propose to continue for a third year to serve as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) National Girls’ Initiative (NGI) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) provider. Building on the lessons learned and accomplishments over the past two years, NGI will operate as a resource clearinghouse, meeting convener and facilitator and will distribute a new round of Innovations Awards to local alliances and coalitions during this year of continuation. Additionally, NGI will provide TTA to improve the job performance of justice system professionals, service providers and service delivery systems of States, tribes, communities, and organizations working with girls at-risk or in the juvenile delinquency system and their families. TTA by NGI will include the development and distribution of comprehensive toolkits, training curricula and standards for the field and strong collaboration with researchers and program developers for translation and application of promising and evidence-based prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare programs and services. Finally, NGI will continue to engage young women formerly involved in the juvenile justice system in an effort to bring authentic voice and guidance that will help shape the work.
In the first two years of the NGI, needs and research gaps were identified for specific groups of girls within the juvenile justice system, including young mothers, survivors of commercial sexual exploitation or domestic child sex trafficking, victims of domestic violence, immigrant girls, American Indian/Alaskan Native girls, and LGBTQ youth. In year three, NGI will convene a series of Roundtable Meetings; bringing together experts, researchers, practitioners, administrators and young women committed to working on behalf of these girls. NGI will work to expand its reach by developing a strategic communications plan that utilizes Web sites, communities of practice, blogs, listservs, and other tools as appropriate for disseminating resources, best practices and information on evidenced-based programs to the field. The NGI team will implement a comprehensive data-informed approach to guide the continuous quality improvement of services provided under this cooperative agreement, and to inform strategic decisions on the allocation of Federal resources, potential collaboration with other OJJDP TTA centers, and resource maximization for improved prevention programming. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and its partner, The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF) will not use any funds from this project to conduct research.

Date Created: September 20, 2015