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Tribal Law and Policy Institute: Tribal Youth Leadership Development

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The project builds on the successes of the past Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) National Intertribal Youth Leadership efforts and the Today’s Native Leaders program. The initiative will support and enhance Native youth engagement, coordination, and action related to public safety issues, with a focus on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Indian country. UNITY will be recruiting a diverse group of youth leaders and mentors, who will design and facilitate intensive training in critical aspects of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts for cohorts of youth throughout the country.

Provider Organization

United National Indian Tribal Youth, In. (UNITY)
OJJDP Awards


  • Young people will receive training to serve as peer leaders who will provide training, mentoring, support, resources, information, and other assistance for their peers in efforts to increase public safety and creatively prevent and address juvenile delinquency.
  • UNITY, with its trainers, youth guides, and mentors will offer regional youth leadership development trainings that will enable Native youth, and their adult advisors, to develop and carry out projects, programs, education, awareness campaigns, and other efforts within their communities.  
  • The projects will benefit communities while providing valuable real-world leadership experiences that will better prepare the youth to succeed in their leadership roles. 


  • Tribal Community
  • Youth


UNITY has received training and technical assistance through a previous OJJDP-funded grant.  



The project may be inclusive of webinars.

LorenAshley Buford
Program Manager: UNITY Wellness Warriors
[email protected]

  • Combating Gangs
  • Ensuring Public Safety
  • Reducing Drug Use
  • Reducing Violent Crime
  • Youth Development

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Date Published: October 14, 2020