OJP is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement
and the community.
OJJDP's guiding philosophy is to enhance the welfare of America’s youth and broaden their opportunities for a better future.
To bring these goals to fruition, OJJDP is leading efforts to transform the juvenile justice system into one that will Treat Children as Children; Serve Children at Home, With Their Families, in Their Communities; and Open Up Opportunities for System-Involved Youth.
OJJDP encourages all proposed applications that work with youth to highlight how the proposed program aligns with these priorities.
OJJDP envisions a juvenile justice system centered on the strengths, needs, and voices of youth and families.
Young people and family members with lived experience are vital resources for understanding and reaching persons involved or at risk of involvement with youth-serving systems.
OJJDP asks stakeholders to join us in sustainably integrating bold, transformative youth and family partnership strategies into our daily work.
OJJDP believes in achieving positive outcomes for youth, families, and communities through meaningful engagement and active partnerships, ensuring they play a central role in collaboratively developing solutions.
Applicants under all categories must describe how their proposed project/program will integrate and sustain meaningful youth and family partnerships into their project plan and budget.
Depending on the nature of an applicant’s proposed project, youth and family partnership could consist of one or more of the following:
Individual-level partnership in case planning and direct service delivery (before, during, and after contact with youth-serving systems).
Agency-level partnership (e.g., in policy, practice, and program development, implementation, and evaluation; staffing; advisory bodies; budget development).
System-level partnership (e.g., in strategic planning activities, system improvement initiatives, advocacy strategies, reform efforts).
With this solicitation, OJJDP seeks to support communities in conducting planning and assessment activities that will inform the development of a community-based continuum of promising and evidence-based prevention and intervention services that will serve as a strong foundation for preventing youth from entering the juvenile justice system, diverting them from moving deeper into the system (i.e., detention and corrections) and ultimately providing them with the skills they need to lead productive, safe, healthy, and law-abiding lives.
The planning process supported under this solicitation is vital to helping communities identify and map out their available resources, as well as gaps that need to be filled, in order to address the problem of high youth incarceration and crime rates.
Based on the outcome of planning and assessment activities, communities will be able to respond to gaps in their current service continuum and strategically reinvest any cost savings into the most effective recidivism reduction, prevention and intervention programs.