Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $349,646)
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 Native Village of Barrow has a young demographic with 1,800 of the total population of 3,925 aged under 18 years and 555 youth aged between 10 and 17. This is the population to be served in the program. Reconnecting at-risk youth with their family through cultural activities will be used as a strategy to help create a community of youth that are free of alcohol and substance abuse which will serve to help keep at-risk youth from turning to a life of crime. Staff capacity has long been a challenge for meeting the needs of juveniles. Funding under the Tribal Youth Program addresses this need. Of equal importance is the equipping of program staff who will receive training by OJJDP providers. Program goals are possible only through the implementation of the intentional activities outlined by the tribe in their 2017 CTAS Proposal for Purpose Area #9. Led by an experienced Tribal Court Administrator, a dedicated Juvenile Program Coordinator will execute the proposed program; working directly with OJJDP and their Technical Assistance Provider(s) to ensure performance measures are monitored, captured, and evaluated while at the same time realizing opportunities for improvement. CA/NCF