Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $350,000)
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) 2017 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 systems for American Indian/Alaska Native youth.
The Bad River Tribe will develop a Tribal Youth Program that engages youth in multiple areas of interest with a cultural foundation and framework to enhance current prevention activities. The focus of the program will be to delay the onset of substance use, reduce the risk-taking behaviors of youth, and promote positive activities and protective factors within the tribal community. The applicant will initiate its program with the required development of a strategic planning process and attendance at the OJJDP Strat Pak training. Project deliverables include: 1) develop and initiate a unifying culturally-based framework that will guide the development and delivery of prevention and intervention programs for tribal youth; 2) hire a program manager to expand current culturally-based activities and opportunities available to Bad River youth in order to promote protective factors; and 3) expand the prevention education opportunities available to youth. Program success will be measured by tracking data from participating youth with the goal of achieving a decrease in juvenile criminal acts as evidenced by law enforcement interaction and arrest records and Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court referrals; a decrease in truant juveniles as evidenced by school reports; a decrease in juvenile substance use as evidenced by law enforcement interaction and arrest records in prevention programs; an increase in cultural knowledge by juveniles as evidenced through community surveys and focus groups; and an increase in cultural event participation by youth as evidenced by statistical data gathered at such events.