Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $4,150,000)
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) will establish a Youth Reentry Technical Assistance Center (YRTAC) that will build the capacity of youth reentry grantees to implement reentry programming focusing on the strengths, needs, and voices of young people and families. The Center will accomplish this by providing training and technical assistance, incorporating youth lived experience by hiring and mentoring Youth Justice Fellows (Fellows), and expanding youth reentry resources maintained by the National Reentry Resource Center. AIR will also develop a youth voice community of practice that is co-lead by the Fellows. AIR will apply an equity lens while partnering with experts in community supervision, trauma-informed care, juvenile justice, positive youth development, data analysis, performance measurement, and implementation science. The Center expects these resources and activities to enhance jurisdictions’ access to tools and training, improve community supervision practices, produce better outcomes for youth and communities, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety.