Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $508,245)
Through this program, the Grand Ronde Tribe (Tribe) will work to reduce juvenile crime from drugs and alcohol. The project goal is to build and strengthen protective factors that will reduce youth involvement with alcohol, drugs, and violence and reduce juvenile crime through culture as prevention activities, leadership opportunities, gang and crime awareness, and one on one connections with at risk youth. The Tribe’s Social Services Department will head the project and work with the Tribe’s Police, Education and Behavioral Health departments and with the Willamina Public School District. The Tribe will participate in the mandatory TYP strategic planning sessions. Currently several key activities are planned including: 1) teach cultural strength from the ways of our Canoe to youth through culture nights, the annual canoe journey, nature camps, seasonal rounds, and the spring round dance; 2) teach leadership skills through the Youth Council and Youth Citizen Academy; 3) educate on gangs, juvenile crime, alcohol and drugs, and healthy lifestyles; and 4) provide at risk youth with one on one connections and group meetings with positive adults through with individual walk and talks and group meet u conversations and support youth already in the Oregon Youth Authority and those transitioning out.