National Girls Initiative

Innovative Programs

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

Between 2015-2016 eleven projects were funded by either OJJDP or the generous support of the NoVo Foundation.


“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