2018 National Tribal Youth Conference
December 3-4, 2018

Agua Caliente Reservation, Coachella Valley, California

The OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center is proud to announce the 2018 National Tribal Youth Conference to occur December 3-4, 2018 with the theme, "Reclaiming the Sacred Circle: Justice and Healing for Tribal Youth through Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment." The event will be held on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California. The meeting is a national gathering of OJJDP Tribal youth program and Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court grantees and other intervention, prevention and court-based programs serving Tribal Youth. This conference will be coordinated by the Indian Country Child Trauma Center through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 

This multi-track event will provide participants with the opportunity to engage with Nationally recognized experts in the fields of Tribal juvenile justice, connect with other court-based programming, delinquency prevention, intervention and community based efforts, and learn about strategies to support and promote safety in Tribal communities. 

This conference has received Federal  Approval. 

Save The Date Flyer

Event Registration: Registration will remain open online through Wednesday November 21, 2018. On-site registration will be available December 3, 2018 starting 7:30 a.m.   Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-national-tribal-youth-conference-tickets-49714828390 

Lodging Information:Conference attendees should contact the Hilton to make hotel reservations. Participants can call 1-760-320-6868 or click this link. A block code has been provided for OJJDP Tribal Grantees via email. Please check with your OJJDP point of contact for the block code or email us at TribalYouthTTACenter@ouhsc.edu if you did not receive a notification of the block code. You must book prior to November 18, 2018 cutoff date to receive the reduced conference rate of $109.00 per night. Please note that the conference lodging will require a deposit upon reservation. 

Conference Agenda:  Check out the 2018 National Tribal Youth Conference Brochure  for a complete meeting agenda, track descriptions and session overviews! Check out the  Conference Agenda Overview  as needed for quick review of session title and times. 

NEW! Speaker Biographies : Learn more about all of the great speakers that will present at the 2018 National Tribal Youth Conference. 

NEW! Conference Materials: Click on the presentation to download a copy of the session materials. Materials will be uploaded as they are provided to us by the presenter. Following the conference, session materials may also be requested via email at TribalYouthTTACenter@ouhsc.edu 

Day 1: 

Plenary Presentation Day 1:
Carlos Rivera "

From Grieving to Believing, A Brother's Story "

Johanna Farmer and Annette Leyva
The Building of a Youth Diversion Program

Cortney Yarholar
Integrating Financial Management Skills Training into Juvenile Justice Programming

Mark Espinosa and Carrie Greene
Caring for Native Youth with Substance Use Disorders

Elizabeth Santiago and Desiree Robertson
Mentoring for Inspiration and Action

Logan Tootle
 Coming Home: Understanding and Addressing Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Native Communites 

Daniel Dickerson
Drum-Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA)

Danica Brown
We are Native: Harnessing Technology to Improve Health Outcomes for Native American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Erin Thin Elk and Kris Miner SchweigertBuilding Cohesion and Community Collectives- Tribal Youth Circle

Evan Elkin, Dolores Subia Bigfoot, Chantel Cloud
Screening and Assessment to Support Tribal Youth- Creating Culturally Relevant Tools and Resources



Exhibitors:  Limited exhibitor space is available. Please email Cortney-Yarholar@ouhsc.edu for information related to exhibitor space. 


OJJDP 2018 Biennial National Tribal Youth Conference
Community Leadership Commendations

The OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center looks forward to recognizing the outstanding leadership efforts and impactful work taking place in communities across Indian country. Nominate a leader from your community who is making impact in the lives of Tribal youth.  You can also nominate youth who shows a promising commitment to community leadership. The honorees will be recognized at the 2018 Biennial National Tribal Youth Conference in December 2018. You can learn more about this exciting opportunity to honor a youth or adult leader from your community here:  Tribal Youth Conference Honoree Doc