ERIC Number: ED507818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Strengthening Indian Country through Tribal Youth Programs
Pearson, Sarah S.
American Youth Policy Forum
Grants awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Tribal Youth Program (TYP) support and enhance tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth ages 17 and under. TYPs operate in tribal communities, supporting tribal efforts to help youth who are at high risk of turning to alcohol, violating the law, and engaging in risky behaviors. This report, prepared by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) in partnership with OJJDP, provides preliminary findings based on site visits with five Tribal Youth Programs in 2007 and 2008. The purpose was to investigate how individual programs are succeeding in improving the lives of at-risk youth and strengthening families in tribal communities. An AYPF staff member and an OJJDP staff member conducted focus groups and formal interviews with 137 individuals, including program staff, community partners, tribal elders, tribal council members, parents, and youth in five tribal communities with TYPs. The best way to understand the TYP's role in strengthening youth in Indian Country is to understand how the program works in a community. This report begins with case studies of the five tribal communities--their experiences with TYP, and their future plans for their youth and the programs. The report continues with youth views of the programs, "Themes of Success" drawn from the TYPs, and recommendations for the TYP based on the experience of the five tribes. The five tribes that are profiled in this report include the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Old Harbor Village, Absentee Shawnee Tribe, and Mescalero Apache Tribe. Appended to this report is a note on methodology and a list of additional resources.
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Delinquency, Delinquency Prevention, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Focus Groups, At Risk Students, Juvenile Justice, North Americans, Grants, Tribes, Risk, Interviews, Profiles
American Youth Policy Forum. 1836 Jefferson Place NW, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-775-9731; Fax: 202-775-9733; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.aypf.org/
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum