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National Girls Initiative (NGI) Innovation Awards

Goal of OJJDP’s National Girls Initiative (NGI) Award

The goal of the National Girls Initiative (NGI) Innovations Awards is to address the needs of girls and young women in, or at risk of entering, the juvenile justice system. Funds will be used to support girls’ alliances, coalitions, and other collaborative efforts to advance changes in policies and programs designed to meet the unique needs of girls in one or more of the priority areas identified by OJJDP below.

Funding Priorities

Applicants are invited to advance one or more of the priority areas summarized below:

  1. Collaboration with State Juvenile Justice Specialists, State Advisory Groups, local governments, and Tribal Councils. Proposals to initiate or enhance partnerships with state, local, or tribal agencies to intentionally address the needs of girls in or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system are strongly encouraged. These may include efforts to improve State Juvenile Justice Plans or regional, local, or tribal efforts to serve girls. (NOTE: The 1992 Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, Sections 223 (a) (7) (A) and (B) requires states to assess how their juvenile justice programs are serving girls and take steps to implement gender-responsive plans to better serve them.)

  2. Reduction in the arrest and detention of girls. Reform of the juvenile justice system will not be achieved until there is a reduction or elimination of: the arrest and detention of girls and young women for status offenses, violation of valid court orders, warrants, technical violations of probation, simple assault, family-based offenses, running away, and other offenses such as domestic minor sex trafficking. Community–based efforts that divert girls from the juvenile justice system and/or provide alternatives to detention that effectively address the unique needs of girls are strongly encouraged.

  3. Implementation of gender-specific, culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, strength-based, and developmentally appropriate approaches for the delivery of services to girls in a variety of settings. Coordinated community responses that address health, well-being, safety, housing, education, family engagement, and healthy relationships are strongly encouraged.

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