Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $499,535)
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) 2014 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. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2014, Pub. L. No. 113-76; 128 Stat. 5, 65.
The intergenerational trauma suffered by the Inupiat has resulted in the breakdown of traditional identities and social supports that would otherwise usher youth into adulthood. Risk factors for juvenile delinquency including low connectedness to school, truancy and high drop-out rates, substance abuse, high rates of family violence and abuse, depression and feelings of inefficacy and meaninglessness are directly related to a lack of positive role models, a lack of constructive supervision, and the absence of a sense of efficacy, identity or meaning. The goals of this project are to address these problems through training and by providing positive role models and mentors; having those mentors provide extensive support to youth; and finally creating opportunities for the youth to initiate, design, and lead their own constructive activities for other youth. CA/NCF