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Adolescents at risk

Runaway and Homeless Youth

Youth runaways and homelessness is often linked to justice system involvement. Research has shown that these children also face a range of challenges related to their health, emotional well-being, safety, and development.

OJJDP Efforts

OJJDP is working to address these issues through several programs such as mentoring, drug treatment...



OJJDP provides national leadership to support states and communities in their efforts to protect children and the communities they call home. That protection comes in many different forms—from programs to prevent youth violence and reduce delinquency—to efforts to help system-involved youth reenter society and build successful futures.

Programs and Initiatives

The following are featured programs and initiatives. Additional programs may be found on the...

Synthesis of OJJDP-sponsored Mentoring Research

Date Published
September 2018
Publication Type
Research (Applied/Empirical), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Program/Project Evaluation, Program/Project Description