National Girls Initiative
The National Girls Initiative (NGI) Innovation Awards were designed to spotlight and support creative efforts to advance systems-level juvenile justice reforms for girls.
Funds were used to support girls’ alliances, coalitions, and other collaborative efforts to advance changes in policies and programs designed to meet the unique needs of girls in one or more of the priority areas identified by OJJDP below. Priority areas included:
- Advance changes in policies and programs designed to meet the unique needs of girls in the juvenile justice system;
- Prevent and reduce the arrest and detention of girls; and
- Develop or implement gender and culturally responsive, trauma-informed and developmentally-appropriate approaches to delivering services.
Award Recipient Overview
- Alliance for Girls: Addressing Girls Needs, Oakland, California
- Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women: Iowa Girls Justice Initiative, Des Moines, Iowa
- Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership: Fiscal agent for Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, Bridgeport, Connecticut
- Vera Institute of Justice: Gender-Responsiveness Within Vera’s Status Offense Reform Toolkit, New York
- DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Building a Multidisciplinary Coalition Focused on Girls of Color, Washington, D.C.
- The Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State: Supporting System Change, Washington
- Education Law Center: Unlocking Possibilities: Education Collaborative for Black Girls, Pennsylvania
- NOXTIN and The National Compadres Network: Xinachtli Curriculum, California
- Pu’a Foundation: Girls Supporting Girls, Hawai’i
- Southwest Key Programs: Mi Hermana’s Keeper: A Promising Practices Toolkit for At-Risk and System-Involved Latinas, Texas
- Oregon Coalition of Advocates for Equal Access for Girls: Enhance Juvenile Justice’s Assessment and Referral Process for Girls
Innovation in Juvenile Justice Reforms
“It is essential systems integrate, in policy and practice, a trauma-informed and gender-responsive approach throughout a girl’s involvement with juvenile justice.”
–Pam Patton, Oregon Coalition for Equal Access for Girls