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Funding Principles

Prevent Juvenile Delinquency

Funding Principles

Maximize Federal Funds. 

  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Formula Grants are awarded to states and territories to increase the capacity of state and local governments to support the development of more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, accountability-based sanctions, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency and for programs to improve the juvenile justice system.
  • The Title V Delinquency Prevention Grants increase the capacity of local governments to support the development of more effective delinquency prevention programs through risk and protective factor focused programming.  These funds support the development and implementation of a comprehensive, research-based approach to prevent delinquency, assisting communities nationwide by fostering positive changes in the lives of children and families. The Title V program focuses on helping youth avoid delinquency through reducing the risk factors and enhancing the protective factors in their schools, communities, and families. The Michigan Department of Human Services utilized Title V Prevention Grants to provide programs that aim to strategically lessen juvenile delinquency.
  • National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Truancy Prevention and Intervention Funds seeks to help establish state and local training and technical assistance centers advancing understanding, and promoting the application, of promising and evidence-based truancy prevention and intervention strategies and programs. The Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs awarded Truancy Prevention and Intervention grants to Operation Save Kids Okmulgee which is a truancy intervention and prevention program serving students within the Okmulgee County school districts.
  • Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) funds a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom program to help prevent youth crime, violence and gang association while developing a positive relationship among law enforcement, families, and young people to create safer communities. The program's primary objective is prevention and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. G.R.E.A.T. classes focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid delinquent behavior and using violence to solve problems.
  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Activities.  WIA established a coordinated system to help low-income young people between the ages of 14 and 21 define their educational and career goals. Service strategies, developed by workforce providers, prepare youth for employment and/or post-secondary education through strong linkages between academic and occupational learning to successfully transition youth to careers and productive adulthood.
  • The Weed and Seed Program. Operation Weed and Seed provides a multi-agency strategy to link federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts with social services, private sector, and community efforts to "weed out" violent crime and "seed" positive outcomes through social and economic revitalization. Funds can be used for prevention, intervention and treatment including efforts to support positive out-of-school time and positive youth development.  

Leverage Private Funds.

  • Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants are awarded to community coalitions in order to reduce substance abuse among at-risk children and youth, and to reduce substance abuse over time among young adults, by strengthening public and private community collaborations. The program supports over 700 drug-free community coalitions across the United States. The Office of National Drug Control Policy funded the youth and community divisions at Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii through their Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant.  CDFH youth programs incorporate evidence-based curriculum adapted to local cultures and settings combined with community-based efforts.  Programs include gender-specific programs for girls, youth violence prevention for elementary-age children, social norms marketing program for high school youth, gender-specific program for high school-age male athletes, and substance abuse prevention programs for youth at risk.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports vulnerable and at-risk populations through a series of grants across the nation that develop city programs aimed at reducing violence, gangs, and drug and alcohol use as well as promoting sound mental and behavioral health.  
  • The Handspring Foundation provides nationwide funding to develop and improve educational programs and services for at-risk youth in order to prevent the path of delinquency and endorse a smart and positive direction.


Investing in Baltimore
Led by the Open Society Institute - Baltimore, a group of private funders is launching a $1.5 million initiative to reduce Baltimore's high number of school suspensions and expulsions and to offer more effective options.