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Tribal Youth Resource Center

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The Tribal Law and Policy Institute and project partner the National Native Children's Trauma Center serve as the TTA provider for the OJJDP Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court (JHWC) and Tribal Youth Program (TYP) grantees. As an experienced and knowledgeable TTA provider, we bring to this work a unique understanding of American Indian and Alaska Native communities and strategies that support community-led solutions, while keeping an eye on the national landscape. 

The Tribal Youth Resource Center works diligently with OJP JHWC grantees, TYP grantees, and with American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages to indigenize successful approaches and evidence-based practices, while innovating and reinstating culturally grounded responses that will contribute to addressing and reversing the challenges Tribal youth face in today's society. We are honored and humbled to be serving Tribal youth, their families and communities. 

Provider Organization

Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI)
Award Details


The Tribal Youth Resource Center provides TTA to OJJDP JHWC and TYP grantees to strengthen their capacity to plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain prevention, intervention, reentry, and treatment programs that promote positive outcomes for Tribal youth. The Tribal Youth Resource Center provides TTA to increase Tribal communities' skills and knowledge about programs and strategies, building capacity to develop effective and sustainable programs for reducing juvenile crime and increasing youth potential in Tribal communities.

We invite all OJJDP Tribal grantees and interested federally recognized Tribes to submit a request for individualized TTA as needed. Our team offers a range of training to support knowledge and development and skill-building to support youth prevention and intervention initiatives. We also assist communities as they work to implement and enhance program delivery and impact long-term change and addressing emerging issues. Our team of professionals look forward to providing you one-on-one, specifically tailored TTA. These interactions may occur through videoconference, teleconference, email, postal mail, and in some instances, on-site support. 

The Tribal Youth Resource Center supports and provides TTA to OJJDP JHWC and TYP grantees from strategic planning through the implementation of prevention and diversion programs that embody local values, culture, tradition, and positive youth development strategies through which communities are etching new paths for their Indigenous youth. We support these efforts toward healing, opportunity, and changing the narrative for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth.

As part of the dialogue to address issues and provide resources to support tribal, state and federal collaboration in juvenile justice systems, we have partnered with The Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS) at the American Institutes for Research. Through this partnership, we can utilize existing knowledge and provide guidance, strategies and best practices to promote positive and beneficial relationships between Tribal Nations, states and federal agencies.

We currently provide TTA to 84 OJJDP JHWC and TYP grantees through email, virtual meetings and in-person as well as serving other Native communities and Nations.


  • Aftercare/Parole/Re-entry
  • Community Members
  • Families
  • Juvenile Justice Specialists
  • School Personnel
  • Social Services
  • Tribal Community
  • Youth


The only criteria is being a Native program, community, or federally recognized Tribe. 



1) Plan, coordinate, and facilitate virtual and onsite training for JHWC and TYP grantees and federally recognized Tribes

2) Plan, coordinate, and facilitate two regional in-person conferences for TYP and JHWC grantees

3) Create a Tribal/State/Federal Learning Lab in collaboration with the Center for Coordinated Assistance/States

4) Coordinate and conduct a Biennial OJJDP Tribal Youth Program National Conference that convenes representatives from Tribal grantees and all interested non-grantee federally recognized Tribes

5) Create and disseminate virtual and print resources, toolkits, and publications with content specific to PA 8, PA 9, alternatives to detention, reentry, treatment, and LGBTQ and two-spirit youth, as well as youth who are victims of sex/human trafficking

6) Research literature and available data and develop a publication on native juveniles in state systems (including arrests, detentions, and participation in state drug courts) with a survey of three states (states TBD)

7) Plan, coordinate, and facilitate two online learning events: one on missing and runaway Native youth and one on combatting sex trafficking of Native youth

Stephanie Autumn
Tribal Youth Program
Tribal Youth Resource Center
[email protected]
Anna Clough
Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts Program 
Tribal Youth Resource Center
[email protected]

  • Community-Based Prevention
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Protective Factors
  • Truancy
  • Underage Drinking

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Date Published: October 14, 2020