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OJJDP News @ a Glance

This issue highlights OJJDP commitments to American Indian and Alaska Native youth, a youth advisor to the National Mentoring Resource Center, trauma-informed trainings, Circle trainings, and the value of cultural connectedness in youth courts.
Message From the Acting Administrator
OJJDP Acting Administrator Chyrl Jones - newsletter

November/December 2021

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Top Story: President Proclaims November 2021 National Native American Heritage Month

President Biden proclaimed November 2021 National Native American Heritage Month. OJJDP has long funded initiatives promoting the growth and resilience of tribal youth; fiscal year 2021 awards are expected to more than double funding for the Tribal Youth Program and tribal juvenile healing to wellness courts.

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Youth Voices: Lending Her Powerful Voice

As a first-generation college student, Kyndall Miller knows personally the guidance a mentor can bring to the college application process. Now that she is settled in school and thriving in her classes, Kyndall is giving back—as a volunteer in her community and a youth advisor to the National Mentoring Resource Center.

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Tribal Connections

This section highlights trauma-informed trainings for educators of Ohkay Owingeh youth in New Mexico, new programming by the Blackfeet Nation’s Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Project in Montana to strengthen youth cultural connectedness, and the value of the Peacemaking Circle as a tool for conflict resolution.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Locate upcoming trainings, conferences, and other juvenile justice-related events.
Looking for Funding?

Looking for Funding?

Learn more about OJJDP funding opportunities and funding awards.

New Publications 

All OJJDP publications may be viewed and downloaded on the publications section of the OJJDP website.

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Did You Know? 

OJJDP’s TTA360 online system simplifies requests for training and technical assistance (TTA), facilitating timely support. In fiscal year 2021, youth justice and child welfare professionals submitted 1,783 requests using TTA360. For information on services offered by OJJDP’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center, visit the OJJDP Training and Technical Assistance webpage.

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Date Created: December 2, 2021