Welcome to the OJJDP Tribal Youth Resource Center!
We are Committed to Working with You to Change the Narrative for Native Youth
Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) and project partner National Native Children’s Trauma Center (NNCTC) welcome you to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Tribal Youth Resource Center website. TLPI and NNCTC bring to this work an in-depth understanding and appreciation of American Indian and Alaska Native history, customs, and indigenous justice systems, the product of decades of training and technical assistance in Indian country. Native youth, like their ancestors before them, are a study in resilience. Native youth benefit from a value held by Native peoples: Our Children are Sacred. American Indian and Alaska Native people and organizations are working diligently to improve the futures of Native youth and, by extension, Native people. An experienced and knowledgeable Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) provider is a crucial part of that work. We bring to this work a unique understanding of American Indian and Alaska Native communities and strategies that support community-led solutions, while keeping an eye on the national landscape. We will work diligently with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, Tribal Youth Program grantees, Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court grantees, and Native youth to indigenize successful approaches and evidence-based practices, while innovating and reinstating culturally appropriate responses that will contribute to addressing and reversing the challenges Native youth face in today’s society. We are honored and humbled to be serving Native youth, their families, and communities.
April 2019 Strategic Planning Meeting Video Wrap Up
In December 2018, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA) of 2018 was signed into law, reauthorizing and substantially amending the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (as Amended Through P.L. 115-385, enacted December 21, 2018). The JJRA becomes effective in FY 2020 (October 1, 2019).
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Centerprovides culturally appropriate, trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate training, resources, information and other related technical assistance to all OJJDP Tribal Programs grantees and federally recognized tribes across the nation. The OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center has developed culturally specific training and technical assistance for tribes seeking to build capacity to develop, expand, improve and maintain their juvenile justice systems. Priority areas include juvenile healing to wellness courts, tribal youth specific prevention, intervention, and treatment programming and tribal-state collaborations to meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native children exposed to violence.
The staff at the Tribal Youth Resource Center welcomes the opportunity to work with tribal programs in the coming years. With a wide range of skills and experiences in trauma informed care, cultural based teachings, community participatory evaluation, as well as mental health, law enforcement, suicide prevention, judicial expertise, child welfare, juvenile justice, tribal-state-federal relations, and tribal sovereignty, our staff is well equipped to provide a high level of technical assistance and training. As part of the many programs and services available through the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, we are fortunate to have the extensive infrastructure to support our efforts. Our center is commited to providing culturally relevant and trauma-informed principles in our delivery of services to the OJJDP tribal grantees and the other tribes who seek our services.