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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
The OJJDP FY 2023 Enhancing School Capacity To Address Youth Violence program supports targeted efforts to address youth violence through implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention efforts in a school-based setting (K–12th grade only). The goals of the program are to:
- reduce the incidence of school violence through improved school safety and climate and
- prevent youth violence, delinquency, and victimization in the targeted community.
OJJDP has identified the following specific program objectives:
- Improve school capacity to prevent and intervene early to incidents of violence.
- Enhance and expand partnerships between school systems and community-based organizations to address school violence.
- Expand opportunities for family engagement with school personnel to mutually address risk factors for violence.
- Improve communication between home and school to enhance protective factors for student success.
This program supports the development and expansion of local programs and strategies to increase school safety by preventing and reducing school violence. Through this initiative, OJJDP expects applicants to utilize a collaborative approach between schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop and implement these strategies. Funded sites under this initiative will operate from the following three principles:
- Relationships between schools and CBOs require open lines of communication and a shared commitment at the leadership level to accomplish the core goal of increasing school safety.
- Key contributors to youth violence include risk factors within the individual, family, and school/community domains. Funded strategies must address all three to be successful.
- Families are critical partners in dealing with school violence, and their engagement is a critical ingredient for success.
History of Funding
The total allocation in FY22 was $24,500,000 with a maximum award of $3,500,000.
2022 awards can be seen at: https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/funding/awards/list?field_award_status_value=All&state=All&field_funding_type_value=All&fiscal_year=&combine_awards=Enhancing+School+Capacity+To+Address+Youth+Violence&awardee=&city=#awards-awards-list-block-gkgdpm1ooymuyukj
Each funded project site will identify a service network of CBOs that have experience in operating violence prevention and early intervention programs with youth and families. This cross-sector network will offer a bridge between families and the identified school to prevent and reduce violence. Funding from this solicitation must support the following components for project sites:
- A local coordinator to lead the project, support the development of any needed memorandums of understanding (MOUs), host regular meetings, and ensure that each involved agency and school identifies a dedicated liaison to the initiative.
- Development or expansion of violence prevention/reduction strategies to be implemented by CBOs that provide the target youth population with service backpacks.” These services should:
- Be individualized to the particular student
- Engage the family as a critical change agent.
- Include an intensive case management approach delivered by a CBO that connects youth and families with the existing network of services to meet the needs of the individual youth. This includes addressing access to service issues. We know that if the basic needs of the students are not met, they will show up in the classroom in a behavioral way.
Applicants must propose and undertake their work through a multidisciplinary, multiagency team of stakeholders. This can be an existing collaborative group or one that is formed specifically for this project. At a minimum, stakeholders should include representation from the Local Education Agency (LEA) where the initiative is taking place, as well as relevant CBOs that support the identified backpack” of services to be provided. In addition to educators, this multidisciplinary team could include mental health, child welfare and social services, youth-serving community organizations, county/local public sector leadership, courts/probation, and law enforcement.
The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. Two priority areas include:
- Project(s) that are designed to promote racial equity and the removal of barriers to access and opportunity for communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by inequality.
- Applicants that demonstrate that their capabilities and competencies for implementing their proposed project(s) are enhanced because they (or at least one proposed subrecipient that will receive at least 40% of the requested award funding.
To receive this additional priority consideration, applicants must describe how being a culturally specific organization (or funding the culturally specific subrecipient organization (s)) will enhance their ability to implement the proposed project(s) and should also specify which populations are intended or expected to be served or to have their needs addressed under the proposed project(s).
This program is funded under the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (or STOP School Violence Act). STOP School Violence Act funds cannot be used for the purchase of target-hardening equipment to secure schools. In addition, these funds cannot be used to pay for armed security officers or school resource officers.
The OJJDP has offered a webinar for this program on April 6, 2023. For more information, go to https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/events/ojjdp-fy-2023-enhancing-school-capacity-address-youth-violence-solicitation-webinar.