Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $416,297)
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) 2013 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 Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides awards under CTAS Purpose Area 9--Tribal Youth Program (TYP) to federally recognized tribes to develop and implement programs that support and enhance Tribal efforts to prevent and control juvenile delinquency and strengthen juvenile justice system for American Indian/Alaska Native youth.
The proposed TYP program by the Citizen Potawanomi Nation (CPN) will operate each day after school and during the summer months for tribal youth members of the brand new youth facility "the P.L.A.C.E. (Potawatomi Learning and Cultural Exchange) Youth Club". The program will continue Ongoing Educational Support provided by the FireLodge Tribal Youth Program. The program funds will support a new Academic Support Specialist who will assist youth in completing their high school requirements and in planning for college/trade school/career upon graduation. The Academic Support Specialist will engage and provide education to caretakers of program youth to increase the youth's chance for academic and career success. Finally, OJJDP funds will support the development of a new Native Youth Mentor Program to be implemented by the CPN Police Department (CPNPD). By building positive rapport with the tribal youth, especially those at-risk for delinquency, the CPNPD will lay the foundation to build interest in the field of law enforcement and/or juvenile justice.