Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $345,063)
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) 2016 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 Yurok community in recent years has seen an increase in crime rates, drug and alcohol abuse, truancy and high school dropout (20%) which goes hand-in-hand with a lack of ongoing, consistent, and positive youth activities. Through this grant the Tribe will provide an at-risk prevention program through a Yurok Boys and Girls Club for tribal youth. The Yurok Boys and Girls Club will play a crucial role by meeting significant and specific needs of Yurok youth. Referrals will be made for tribal youth in need of additional support such as counseling, support groups, and outside community assistance, as well as shelter, housing, and mental health care. The program will serve at least 64 children between the ages 7-16 years on a regular basis with culturally appropriate core services that provide opportunities for healing and empowerment. Under the guidance of the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods in Eureka, the Yurok program will facilitate development of their tribal youths capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture wellbeing, provide youth mentoring, develop fitness as a positive use of leisure time, reduce stress, and introduce risk reduction skills. The overall goal is to develop long term behavior interventions for the success of the Yurok youth. CA/NCF