June 2020
Greetings from the Tribal Youth Resource Center,

Our team extends continued support to communities enduring the impact of COVID-19. We have had the opportunity to hear from numerous communities who are continuing to develop innovative strategies to connect and engage Tribal youth during the public health crisis. The TYRC also recognizes the extraordinary times that we are now living in and wishes to uplift the ongoing efforts of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color giving voice to racial justice and equity issues to promote systemic change – those who have been committed to this work for the long haul and who are continuing to show up tirelessly in this historic moment. We see you and we stand with you. The dedication of Tribal community prevention, intervention, and juvenile justice professionals is truly remarkable. We thank you for your enduring commitment and are here to offer support. 

The Tribal Youth Resource Center Team

The Tribal Youth Resource Center is funded through a cooperative agreement of the

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to Host Virtual Tribal Consultation
On June 25, 2020 the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) invites Tribal leaders and representatives to participate in a virtual Tribal Consultation.

Learn more by visiting:

Register for the consultation by Tribal Consultation Event Registration

A framing paper which specifies questions on which OJJDP seeks input can be viewed here: Tribal Consultation Framing Paper
2018 Juvenile Justice Reform Act- Changes to Support Tribal Youth
In preparation for the OJJDP Virtual Tribal Consultation Tribal leaders may wish to review the 2018 Juvenile Justice Reform Act.
Did you know that the 2018 Juvenile Justice Reform Act contains special provisions to support Tribal Youth? Some of the provisions include things like:

  • Consultation with Tribes
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Inclusion of Tribal Representation in State Advisory Groups and Expansion of Pass through Funding Opportunities
  • Juvenile Justice Studies and Supportive Funding and Auditing Requirements.

Is your community looking for resources to share with State partners? Check out this video from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's State Relations and Assistance Division. This is how one state is engaging Tribal partners through pass through funding opportunities available from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention . Tribes can also review available State plans to address disproportionate minority contact by visiting https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/states and clicking on the desired State to review.

In our previous issue, the TYRC shared information on ways some communities have continued to engage youth during the public health crisis. Virtual, telephonic, and postal mail is being used in innovative ways to stay connected. Many communities are still working to address how and when to allow for in-person youth activities. Below we share some helpful resources for communities.
Summer is usually a time that Tribal communities gather together in many different ways and for many different reasons. From camps, celebrations, to annual events and ceremonies, community leaders are considering the needs of youth and balancing considerations for the safety and health of all community members.

Should your community consider reopening activities for youth?* These helpful tools and resources from the Centers for Disease Control may be of use to your community as you consider the health and safety of youth and families.

*Tribal Youth summer camps and activities' risk/safety should be assessed by local leadership. Tools and resources are provided for informational purposes only.

YouthToday recently reported the impact of COVID-19 in the Southwest and how leaders are working together to protect the community. Read more
Continued Support During COVID-19
You can continue to access helpful information specific to Tribal communities. Check out the Tribal Law and Policy Insitute's COVID-19 Resource Microsite to access resources, information, and other material supportive of a number of justice and community-based service areas. The microsite includes a page with resources to support Tribal youth.

Microsite Available by visiting:

Access Tribal Youth-specific resources by visiting:
Tribal Youth and Community News
"Juvenile Justice in Indian Country"-TYRC Guest Presentation on NCAI Podcast
Tribal Youth Resource Center Assistant Director, Tasha Fridia, JD recently had the opportunity to share about the incredible juvenile justice work occurring across the country as part of the NCAI "Talking Stick" Podcast . The episode Juvenile Justice in Indian Country highlights juvenile justice innovation and discusses a number of the resources and opportunities available through the OJJDP Tribal Youth Resource Center. Learn more by listening to the podcast and check out other episodes by visiting the NCAI website and clicking on the NCAI Talking Stick Podcast.
Source: NCAI Policy Research Council, " A Spotlight on Two Spirit (Native LGBT) Communities ," http://www.ncai.org/policy-research-center/research-data/prc-publications/A_Spotlight_on_Native_LGBT.pdf (2015)
Have you wanted to attend a UNITY conference, but travel or funds have been a limitation for your community?
Now is the time to get involved!

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc ., is taking their 2020 national conference VIRTUAL . Registration is FREE for all youth participants and advisors. Learn more about this exciting event by visiting the UNITY, inc., conference website and make sure to register so you don't miss session one LIVE on June 25, 2020! For more information please contact UNITY, inc., using their contact us form.
Funding and Other Opportunities
NCAI Financial Relief for Tribal Nations Affected by COVID-19
Apply Now!

With the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), NCAI is committed to supporting Indian Country and lifting up our communities as we continue to combat this global pandemic. In this vein, NCAI is awarding $5,000 to various tribal nations that have been affected by this pandemic through NCAI’s COVID-19 Response Fund  for Indian Country.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling deadline until available funds are exhausted. Applications guidelines are located here .

For more information on the COVID-19 Relief Fund or to make a donation, please click here .
NCAI Contact: Christian Weaver, Vice President of Development, cweaver@ncai.org

Free Virtual Learning Opportunity
The Trauma-Informed Policing with Tribal Youth Virtual Learning Module is a free center developed simulation to support law enforcement professionals to learn about the effects of trauma on tribal youth and how to lead positive police-youth interactions. The simulation covers being trauma-informed, building rapport, and modeling respect and empowering positive decisions.
Audience: Law Enforcement/Police/Probation (Tribal and Non-Tribal)
Cost: Free
Availability: Ongoing

For more information or assistance with this training please contact us at TribalYouth@TLPI.org

Archived training videos, presentations, and more are available on YouTube visit:
Do you need help finding resources or information to support the work you are doing in your community?

We would love to help you!
Email us at TribalYouth@TLPI.org or fill out a technical assistance request on our website using the request form .
Interested in implementing an intervention? The Tribal Youth Resource Center has a team of professionals that can assist with training, resources, and community partner identification that can support system change and improvement just reach out to us at TribalYouth@TLPI.org or fill out a training request on the Tribal Youth Resource Center website.

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