Top Story: What Youth Say About Their Reentry Needs
At a webinar sponsored by the Performance-based Standards Learning Institute, an OJJDP grantee, young people spoke candidly about the struggles they faced when reentering their communities after confinement in residential facilities. Connections with youth who have already navigated reentry can help the transition, they said.
Stakeholder’s Corner: Grantee in Hawaii Helps Redirect Lives of Youth Involved in Gangs
Youth living in low-income areas in Honolulu and other parts of Oahu find alternatives to gang membership at Adult Friends for Youth. OJJDP supports counseling provided by the program, which emphasizes academic achievement and uses nondirective, nonjudgmental practices to encourage young people to transform their lives.
This section highlights some of the ways Native youth benefit when OJJDP, Tribes, and states collaborate; a publication to help Tribal communities identify factors contributing to truancy among young members; and enhancement awards, a category of OJJDP funding that extends grant support to sustain successful Tribal programs.
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When compared to white peers, Black youth were 2.4 times more likely and American Indian youth were 1.5 times more likely to be arrested in 2019. Youth from racial and ethnic minority groups were also more likely to be referred to juvenile courts and placed in out-of-home facilities. The core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act require states to address such disparities.