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No Place for Girls: Reducing Reliance on Confinement of Girls in New York City

Award Information

Award #
2016-GJ-FX-K003
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2016
Total funding (to date)
$1,353,101

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $311,972)

The FY 2016 Reducing Reliance on Confinement and Improving Community-Based Responses for Girls at Risk of Entering the Juvenile Justice System will strengthen and expand the use of community-based and gender and culturally responsive programs for girls and promote the development of girls and their individual strengths.

In partnership with ACS, Vera will provide tailored, data-driven, evidence-informed training and technical assistance (TTA) to help the city better support and meet the needs of at-risk and justice-involved girls. The primary goals are threefold: (1) gain a stronger understanding of the population and pathways for girls in the city’s juvenile justice system; (2) reduce reliance on placement for girls by connecting and improving community-based responses; and (3) establish a continuum of services that connect at-risk girls to alternatives before detention or placement are considered. Vera will leverage its long-standing relationships with local stakeholders to convene a multi-disciplinary body and support the workgroup in developing and implementing reforms aimed at (1) connecting schools and law enforcement with social services and community resources; (2) creating diversion off-ramps targeted at offense categories common to girls and develop trauma-informed and appropriate programs; and (3) improving family supports. This project would create unprecedented opportunity to leverage city resources for at-risk and justice-involved girls, accelerate the pace of reform, and set a replicable model.
CA/NCF

OJJDP's Juvenile Justice System Improvement Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that provide programs and services critical to the mission of OJJDP, and organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years.

In partnership with Administration for Children Services, Vera will provide tailored, data-driven, evidence-informed training and technical assistance (TTA) to help the city better support and meet the needs of girls in and at-risk of coming into contact with the juvenile justice system. The primary goals are threefold: (1) gain a stronger understanding of the population and pathways for girls in the city’s juvenile justice system; (2) reduce reliance on placement for girls by connecting and improving community-based responses; and (3) establish a continuum of services that connect at-risk girls to alternatives before detention or placement are considered. Vera will leverage its long-standing relationships with local stakeholders to convene a multi-disciplinary body and support the workgroup in developing and implementing reforms aimed at (1) connecting schools and law enforcement with social services and community resources; (2) creating diversion off-ramps targeted at offense categories common to girls and develop trauma-informed and appropriate programs; and (3) improving family supports. NCA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development Invited Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP designates. This program is authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The overarching goal of Vera's proposed work is to continue and extend a comprehensive community-based approach to support girls at risk of entering the juvenile justice system and reduce the number of girls entering the city's detention and placement centers. As such, the primary goals of Vera will be to: (1) reduce the unnecessary use of detention or placement of girls in NYC for low-level offenses, particularly for girls of color and gender-expansive youth; (2) create the needed infrastructure to address the well-being of at-risk girls in their communities; and (3) hold stakeholders accountable for implementing this vision.

Vera will continue to collaborate with the city’s key stakeholders to make progress and achieve the goal through six primary objectives: (1) continuing to support agency reform and collaboration through the citywide Task Force; (2) finalizing a shared theory of change among agencies and ensure its alignment across pilot initiatives with this theory of change; (3) changing policies and practices and deploying new programs to disrupt girls' entry into the system; (4) providing ongoing education and training to stakeholders across agencies about how they can proactively divert girls from being arrested and instead connect them to social services and community resources; (5) tracking indicators about the implementation process and being transparent about results and outcomes; and (6) supporting agencies in developing plans to sustain and scale the pilot initiatives as they demonstrate impact.

NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 15, 2016