Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $508,245)
With this funding, the Kalispel Tribal Court will retain the Juvenile Justice Coordinator to oversee the Tribal Youth Program (TYP). The Juvenile Justice Coordinator (JJC) will implement a Mentorship Program for all tribal youth who are considered at risk and will continue the Incentive Program and oversee all court‐involved youth and coordinate cultural activities to engage youth in cultural traditions and sports. The TYP will continue to strengthen a fair and constructive juvenile justice system and to help empower youth. The program goals are to provide an alternative to formal adjudication of offenses, and to provide support and referrals in accessing services, completing terms and conditions of diversion, deferred prosecution and sentencing alternatives. The JJC established a Juvenile Justice Diversion Team and organizes monthly prevention and intervention activities for court-involved youth including cultural workshops that are conducted by Native American speakers intended for Native American youth to enrich their traditional and cultural connections.