Enhancing the opportunities for indigenous communities to expand their potential in protecting and nurturing their most sacred asset - the youth.


A future where indigenous youth thrive through traditional lifeways. 

The Tribal Youth Resource Center is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. OJJDP within the U.S. Department of Justice administers the Tribal Youth Program (PA 9) and the Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court (PA 8) grants, both of which support tribal efforts to improve juvenile justice systems for American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) youth. All federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply for these grants.

To date, tribes and tribal grantees from across the nation have received critical funding through these programs through annual congressional appropriation. OJJDP also offers all grantees and tribes training and technical assistance (T/TA) through the Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center using a variety of approaches including consultation through e-mails, telephone calls, and site visits as well as peer-to-peer dialogue and training, including teleconferences and Web-based discussions. Topics addressed include: 

•    Capacity building
•    Culturally based approaches to prevention and intervention
•    Program implementation
•    Evaluation
•    Enhancement of tribal court systems
•    Strategic planning
•    Sustainability
•    Youth leadership
•    Community readiness assessments
•    Cultural adaptation to evidence based programs and practices
•    Trauma-informed care

For more information on OJJDP’s Tribal Youth Programs and Services, visit https://www.ojjdp.gov/programs/ProgSummary.asp?pi=52
Visit OJJDP’s  Funding Opportunities page for information on current funding opportunities available through OJJDP.

To subscribe to OJJDP's listserv that sends out messages about funding and other opportunities available, visit the JUVJUST page.

For questions about OJJDP tribal youth initiatives, contact the OJJDP Tribal Team lead: Kara McDonagh (Kara.McDonagh@usdoj.gov)