The Tribal Youth Resource Center is committed to supporting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that the communities we serve each face unique impacts. As a resource, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute has launched an Indian Country COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources Page with links to information and resources concerning relevant tribal, federal, and state issues, initiatives and resources for effectively addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The site is designed as a clearing house of relevant resources across a broad range of topic areas in pursuit of TLPI's vision to empower Native communities to create and control their own institutions for the benefit of all community members, now, and for future generations.
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I have attended various virtual camps and events during the pandemic including THRIVE, WE R NATIVE Springboard Lab, UNITY, Generation Indigenous Ways, Native American Youth Entrepreneurship Camp and Wichita Tribe Native Connections Culture Classes to name a few.
The Healing Indigenous Lives 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 recruited a diverse group of youth mentors, who design and facilitate trainings in critical aspects of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center provides 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.