Tribal Youth Resource Center



Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Provides training and technical assistance to Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) tribal grantees and federally recognized tribes to improve juvenile justice systems, with the goal of reducing crime, recidivism, and victimization, and increasing positive outcomes for Native youth. Builds tribal capacity to develop and implement community-led, culturally based approaches to youth prevention and intervention, enhancement of tribal court systems, trauma-informed care, and other efforts to address issues affecting Native youth, such as poverty, addiction, suicide, violence, and gang activity.

What This Program Offers

Tribal Youth Resource Center can provide:

  • Customized technical assistance for tribes and tribal grantees provided through videoconference, teleconference, email, mail, and on-site visits, in some cases
  • Assistance to support the development of new Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts (JHWCs) and strengthen existing JHWCs
  • Support for Tribal Youth Program grantees, including assistance with alcohol and substance use prevention and mental health services
  • Responsive training and technical assistance plans provided to tribes upon request and/or referral to appropriate providers on topics relating to tribal juvenile justice, prevention and intervention, community needs assessment, resource mapping and more
  • In-person and online learning opportunities, including curriculum development, dialogues, peer learning, and targeted training with tribal prevention and intervention practitioners
  • Guidance, strategies, and best practices to promote tribal, state and federal collaboration in juvenile justice systems
  • Trainings on trauma-informed care and trauma-informed systems provided through the National Native Children's Trauma Center
  • Information and resources on federal funding opportunities, as well as funding available from foundations and private donors
  • Resource library with access to tribal-specific publications, facts sheets, archived learning events, and other free resources and tools
  • Strategic planning documents, resources and grant-specific information for OJJDP grantees
  • Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ+ Resource Guide for those working with Native youth

Who Can Receive Services from This Program

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) tribal grantees and federally recognized tribes are eligible to receive assistance.

Geographic Coverage



There is no application process to receive assistance. To request technical assistance, complete the online request form.

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Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Justice System • Prevention • Treatment • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse • Youth