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OJJDP News @ a Glance, July/August 2015

NCJ Number
Date Published
September 2015
5 pages
Publication Series

In this issue, the feature story describes First Lady Michelle Obama's keynote address at the White House's hosting of just over 1,000 Tribal youth, followed by other descriptions of significant events related to juvenile justice and delinquency prevention.


The White House event in July 2015 was related to President Obama's "Generation Indigenous" (Gen-I) initiative, which aims to improve the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement with Native youth. In her keynote remarks, Mrs. Obama acknowledged the history of oppression that has impacted Native Tribes, and she encouraged the Native youth to embrace their heritage, since their customs, values, and discoveries are "at the heart of the American story." Another White House event reported in this issue involved the hosting of educators and stakeholders to discuss the rethinking of school discipline. A third report pertains to the "Do the Write Thing" program as a hallmark program under the National Campaign to Stop Violence. Results are presented on the campaign's challenge for students to prepare essays on the causes and solutions for violence. Other events described in this issue are a youth leadership summit hosted by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, the OJJDP administrator's discussion with judicial officials about systemic reform, and a discussion with juvenile and family court judges about creating equality throughout the juvenile justice system. A workshop that highlighted best practices for using data in reforming juvenile justice is also described. Upcoming events related to juvenile justice and delinquency prevention are listed, and sections on "News in Brief" and "New Publications" are provided, along with news from the Coordinating Council and the Advisory Committee.

Date Published: September 1, 2015