Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $350,000)
The Justice Department's grant-making components have created a streamlined approach for federally recognized Tribes, Tribal consortia, Alaska Native villages and corporations, as well as authorized tribal designees to apply for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding opportunities. The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) serves as a single solicitation for existing tribal government-specific grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The CTAS solicitation is designed to assist tribes with addressing crime and public safety issues in a comprehensive manner. The CTAS grant-application process was inspired by and developed after consultation with tribal leaders, including sessions at the Justice Department's Tribal Nations Listening Session in 2009, and has been updated based on continued tribal consultations and listening sessions. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides awards under CTAS Purpose Area 9--Tribal Youth Program (TYP) to federally recognized tribes to develop and implement programs that support and enhance Tribal efforts to prevent and control juvenile delinquency and strengthen juvenile justice systems for American Indian/Alaska Native youth.
The Youth Services Department of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will promote positive youth development through the implementation of a culturally relevant prevention program aimed at reducing high-risk behaviors for youth ages 17 and younger. The project will develop and implement youth prevention circles to at least 25 youth annually, resulting in 100 youth served by the end of the four year grant period. A Youth Prevention Coordinator will be recruited, hired, and trained to implement the program. The project also will implement culture camps annually to add cultural components and positive reinforcements. Specifically, funds will support two youth culture camps and one family culture camp annually, resulting in twelve camps by the end of the four year grant period. The culture camps will help youth and families find and strengthen their identities as tribal members through cultural immersion and learning related protective factors for their families. Additionally, the program will provide four annual community awareness events that promote drug and alcohol free lifestyles to increase awareness and prevention efforts about underage drinking, bullying, dating violence and to promote cultural awareness for youth and community members.