AK OJJDP Grantees

Strat Pack Training: February 12-13 in Anchorage, AK

To our current grantees we look forward to seeing you all in Anchorage to learn from one another and talk strategic planning!

About AK OJJDP Grantees

Our Mission

The Resource Basket provides Training and Technical Assistance to the Alaska Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Grantees. There are currently 11 Statewide Grantees who represent 10 Communities and serve numerous surrounding communities. Together in partnership with our Tribes and Communities to prevent the delinquency of Alaska Native Youth. The Grantees we serve are making great strides in their work through funding awarded under OJJDP Program Area 8:Juvenile Healing to Wellness Tribal Courts and Program Area 9: Tribal Youth Programs. We are very proud to serve such an amazing group of dedicated providers; all working to support Alaska’s next generation. Quyanaa!

New Grantees

  • Native Village of Tetlin
  • Organized Village of Kake

Native Village of Tetlin

The Major issue that the grant proposal plans to address for the Native Village of Tetlin is the extreme high school dropout rate at Tetlin School.   

Tetlin Village Council has established a youth center so the youth could have a safe, drug and alcohol free environment, but more volunteers are needed.  By having regular workshops and sessions for youth and adults at the school will help improve the long-term relationship between the educators, parents, guardians, the school administration and the Village Council.  This in turn will help address some of the overall attendance rates. 

Organized Village of Kake

The community of Kake is experiencing a range of problems associated with high rates of alcohol and substance abuse.  As a result many young children and teens are being referred to the Alaska Juvenile Justice System for behavioral related challenges.  The goal of this Tribal Youth Program proposal submitted by the Organized Village of Kake is to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency in the rural community of Kake, Alaska by developing a Youth Circle Peacemaking program. Participating youth will be engaged in  activities that lead to healthy, resilient and culturally centered practices.

Youth Development & Culture Grantees (YDCG)

What We Do

In 2011, RurAL CAP began a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to issue sub-award grants to rural, Alaska Native communities. Two main goals of this project include reducing the disproportionate number of minority youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system and increasing the ability of the Alaska Native communities to better develop and manage grant programs.

Request For Proposals (RFPs) are released twice yearly and successful applicants are provided with technical and programmatic support throughout the term of each grant. Award funds of $8,000 are used to design, develop and implement community based, culturally centered projects that empower youth ages 12-17 to make positive life choices.

There have been 67 projects funded since 2011 to 48 non-duplicated rural Alaskan communities.  The RFP cycles are in October and June.

Download DJJ Project Book (PDF): 

Got Questions?

For more information about the Youth Development and Culture Camp Grant Program and other funding opportunities, contact: 


  • Wellness Coordinator or,
  • any Resource Basket Staff
  • Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP)

Round II Awarded Grantees to six communities

Congratulations to six new Communities awarded the Round II of the Youth Development & Culture Grants

Since 2012, the YDCG has sub-awarded 84 communities!  We welcome our newest awardees to the Communities/Tribes:  

Alakanuk Tribal Council (Alakanuk, AK): This project will provide youth with workshops to learn skills in ice fishing and traditional kuspuk sewing and beading. Youth will work alongside Elders to learn traditional and modern ways of ice fishing, sewing, and beading patterns that reflect their communities way of life.

Native Village of Scammon Bay: This project will provide youth workshops in winter pike fishing and traditional sewing.   Youth will learn from Elders the traditional ways of living and how important helping one another is vital to a good community.

City of Newhalen (Newhalen, AK): The community of Newhalen will provide youth workshops to make traditional Uluaqs, drums, headdresses, and traditional clothing.

 Nunakauyak Traditional Council (Toksook Bay, AK): This project will provide youth camps that teach traditional seal hunting and ice fishing skills, safety and survival.  Elders will work alongside youth and project lead to facilitate camps.

Metlakatla Indian Community: The Metlakatla Youth Leadership will provide empowerment sessions that aim to support youth mindfulness, leadership, and cultural practices that support wellness and resiliency.  The session will integrate lessons that are based on Universal Alaska Native Values: live carefully, take care of others, honor your Elders, pray for guidance, to see connections in everything.  

Pauloff Harbor Village (Sand Point, Ak): They are planning to conduct a quilting workshop for youth.  The youth will be instructed by an Elder who will teach how to sew a cultural quilt that will be displayed within the community. 

The Youth Development & Culture Grant is a small bi-annual community/tribal grant that provides mini-grants up to $7,000 to community Youth providers (i.e., program managers, coordinators, teachers, etc.).  Our goal is to reach youth in the age group 12-17 years to support the reduction of juvenile delinquency among Alaskan youth — next RFP to be announced (pending funding) the end of May 2019.

If you have, any questions contact Tara Stiller, Community Development Supervisor:

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This project was supported by Award No. 2016-TY-FX-K001 awarded to the Rural Community Action Program Alaska Native Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project, by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs.

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