Justice Services Strategy

Cultural Programming

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Overview

The Cultural Programming Strategy is designed to address the unique needs of youth of color involved in the juvenile or adult criminal justice systems. The Cultural Programming Strategy seeks to leverage culturally based approaches to help reduce the chance of further engagement with the juvenile or adult criminal justice systems. Programs will provide a range of services including case management, mentorship, skill building opportunities, educational reengagement, access to resources, life skills workshops and other supports. The Cultural Programming Strategy targets youth who are pre- and post-adjudicated or are court referred as an alternative to secure confinement and disconnected TAY who have been charged, indicted or who are on active probation. .

DCYF allocated $1,974,000 in annual funding to nine programs across nine agencies for the Cultural Programming Strategy.

Strategy Goals include:

  • To provide opportunities to engage in supportive, culturally based programming that improves resiliency and coping skills.

  • To provide activities that help develop skills, encourage the pursuit of positive future possibilities, offer outlets for positive communication and connect participants with adult allies.

  • To ensure participants have access to culturally informed services that meet their needs.

  • To support successful transitions for participants reentering the community.

  • To decrease the likelihood of participants progressing deeper into the juvenile or adult criminal justice system.

Our Cultural Programming Strategy 2018-2023 Grantees include: