January | February 2017

News From the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention seal

On January 10, 2017, the Coordinating Council’s newly formed Subcommittee on Preventing and Reducing Youth Violence and Promoting Well-Being convened its inaugural meeting in Washington, DC.

Among other discussions, the subcommittee discussed its charge to—

  • Help the Coordinating Council elevate the importance of understanding the effects of trauma to help end cycles of violence.
  • Inform member agencies’ decisionmaking on matters related to youth violence and well-being.
  • Assist federal agencies in coordinating their action plans, including jointly funded programs and policy initiatives.

The subcommittee combines the Forum Coordination Team of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and the Defending Childhood Working Group to streamline coordination efforts.

Jeff Slowikowski, OJJDP’s Designated Federal Official for the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention moderated an open discussion on the subcommittee’s next steps, which include defining subcommittee membership and recommending and prioritizing action items.


Meetings of the Coordinating Council are open to the public. Visit the website to learn more about the council and read meeting minutes.

Read OJJDP’s Shared Framework To Reduce Youth Violence and Promote Well-Being.

The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is an independent body within the executive branch of the federal government operated under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The council's primary functions are to coordinate federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs, federal programs and activities that detain or care for unaccompanied juveniles, and federal programs relating to missing and exploited children. The council is made up of 23 members—13 ex officio and affiliate members and 10 practitioners. The ex officio members are: the Attorney General; the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development, and Labor; the Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Affiliate members are the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and the Interior, and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of HHS. The ten juvenile justice practitioner members are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Majority Leader, and the President of the United States.