U.S. Department of Justice: Comprehensive School-based Approach to Youth Violence and Victimization Prevention, Intervention and Accountability
The Comprehensive School-based Approach to Youth Violence and Victimization Prevention, Intervention and Accountability program supports a comprehensive effort to address youth violence and victimization through implementing evidence-based prevention, intervention, and accountability efforts in a school-based setting. The goals of the program are to (1) reduce the incidence of school violence through accountability efforts for offenders; (2) respond to victimization, exposure to violence, and trauma as a result of violence that occurs in the school, community, or family; (3) improve school safety and climate; and (4) prevent violence, delinquency, and victimization in the targeted community.
There are two categories of funding available:
Category 1: Project Sites. Proposed projects should work to enhance existing school-based practices that address violence and victimization and must fill gaps in programming. It is expected that applicants will have an existing strategic plan for addressing youth violence to guide current and proposed efforts funded through this initiative. Implementation strategies should be community driven and multitiered to include universal, school wide programming as well as targeted interventions for youth exposed to violence, including youth identified as at risk for delinquency and/or youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The comprehensive approach should include new and/or existing efforts in the following core areas:
- Provision of evidence-based mental health services for youth who experience trauma and exposure to violence in a school setting
- Universal bullying prevention and conflict resolution programming
- Student engagement to provide peer support networks
- Youth competence building interventions for accountability across the continuum of least intensive (innovative diversion/treatment programs) to more intensive (suspension, expulsion, arrest) with proper considerations for campus safety and promotion of an appropriate learning environment
- School safety and climate measures
Applicants should clearly identify which projects are existing and which are proposed for funding as a part of this initiative. Activities should be comprehensive in nature, complement existing school curricula/programming in this area, and be strategic in scope. For instance, applicants should develop objectives that address youth during school hours as well as outside of school hours. This will ensure community impact as well as allow for targeted interventions for identified at-risk youth. As an example, the majority of violent crimes committed by juveniles occur on schools days, with nearly 20 percent occurring between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. After school programs that offer support and supervision for youth can work to reduce the risk of exposure to
violence or engaging in delinquent behaviors. Such programs should be structured to offer prosocial activities and shared experiences among youth that support mastery of critical developmental tasks.
Category 2: Training and Technical Assistance. In addition to supporting program implementation and direct service activities, the initiative will fund a training and technical assistance provider to support the Category 1 project sites. The goal of Category 2 is to develop, design, and deliver training and technical assistance that supports and guides the program sites as they implement their school-based strategies to address youth violence and victimization at school and in the community. Technical assistance needs may vary greatly depending on the current strategic approaches addressing community violence or the school safety plan at each site. As a result, applicants must demonstrate competency in the following areas:
- Providing training and technical assistance to a wide range of communities, agencies, and disciplines on evidence-based practices used to address youth violence and victimization, violence reduction, delinquency prevention, and accountability
- Multidisciplinary collaborative team development, including building community support and involvement
- Conducting system assessments and developing strategic implementation plans
- Identifying and collecting data that document the process and progress of program implementation
Amount: Dependent upon category, as follows:
- Category 1: Project Sites. Approximately $6,200,000 is available to make up to eight awards ranging up to $775,000 for a period of performance of 36 months.
- Category 2: Training and Technical Assistance. Approximately $800,000 is available to make one award for a period of performance of 36 months.
Eligibility: Dependent upon category, as follows:
- Category 1: Project Sites. Eligible applicants are limited to states, units of local government, public and private agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Eligible applicants that propose to provide direct services to youth must not include youth who are age 18 or older in the population they will serve, with the exception of youth enrolled in the targeted school implementing the program. Project sites can be implemented in either public or private school settings.
- Category 2: Training and Technical Assistance. Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
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