Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tribal Youth Training


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

To date, numerous Tribes and Tribal grantees from across the nation have received critical funding through these programs through annual congressional appropriation. OJJDP offers all grantees and Tribes training and technical assistance (T/TA) to facilitate program planning, enhancement, implementation, and evaluation around juvenile justice services.

Tribal Team Program Specialists contacts are listed below.  For questions about OJJDP tribal youth initiatives, contact the OJJDP Tribal Team lead: Kara McDonagh (


Kara McDonagh- Tribal Team lead & OJJDP Grants Management Specialist


Leanetta Jessie
OJJDP Grants Management Specialist

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Heather McDonald
OJJDP Grants Management Specialist


Geroma Void
OJJDP Grants Management Specialist