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The federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs’ (IWGYP’s) Youth.gov website promotes the Working Group’s goal of positive, healthy outcomes for young people by providing interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth. The site features information and resources focused on promoting wellbeing, preventing juvenile delinquency, and improve outcomes for youth involved with the justice system, including juvenile justice, children of incarcerated parents, afterschool programs, civic engagement, violence prevention, and much more.  

OJJDP Juvenile Reentry and Community Supervision

The reentry programs of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) help ensure that youth have the tools to become productive, law-abiding members of society upon their return. Recognizing that successful reentry reduces recidivism and increases public safety, the Department’s Second Chance Act authorizes federal grants for reentry services including employment and housing assistance, substance use treatment, family programming, and mentoring – that address common barriers to successful reentry. These programs also provide specialized services to youth and promote family engagement between incarcerated parents and their children when it is in the best interest of the child.

Highlighted Resources

Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections or Treatment Programs

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2018)

This toolkit for youth in juvenile corrections and treatment programs is intended to assist them in preparing for reentry and success in the community. The resources provided include the identification of challenges common to reentry and action steps for addressing these challenges with the help of a caring adult.


Transition Toolkit 3.0

U.S. Department of Education (2016)

The third edition of the Transition Toolkit from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth (NDTAC)  brings together strategies, existing practices, and updated resources and documents on transition to enable administrators and service providers to provide high-quality transition services for children and youth moving into, through, and out of education programs within the juvenile justice system. The strategies are categorized by facility-centered activities, youth-centered activities, family-centered activities, and community/systems-centered activities across all four stages of transition.


In Focus: Tribal Youth Initiatives

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2020)

This issue of OJJDP’s INFOCUS describes the features of OJJDP’s various grant programs intended to reduce juvenile delinquency, prevent victimization, and strengthen the juvenile justice system for tribal youth.


Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Young Adults in the Juvenile and Adult Criminal Justice Systems

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (2015)

To help state and local officials develop strategies for addressing the distinct needs of young adults under juvenile or adult criminal justice system supervision, this issue brief highlights how young adults are distinct from youth and older adults and discusses their distinct needs, and provides recommendations for policymakers, juvenile and adult criminal justice agency leaders, researchers, and the field to improve outcomes for young adults.


Mentoring for Preventing and Reducing Delinquent Behavior Among Youth

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2020)

The review focuses on the overall contributions of mentoring to reducing or preventing delinquency behavior, factors that may condition or shape the extent to which mentoring has effects on delinquent behavior, processes that may be involved in determining the effects of mentoring on delinquent behavior, and the extent to which mentoring strategies focused on preventing or reducing delinquent behavior have reached at-risk youth, been implemented effectively, and been adopted and sustained by settings.


Issue Brief: Family Involvement 2nd edition

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2020)

In this update to the Department of Education’s NDTAC issue brief on family involvement, the evolving definition of family and the compelling reasons for family engagement are explored. Further, promising advances in the field and innovative ways in which systems across the country are approaching family involvement and engagement are presented.


Model Program Guides for Implementing Juvenile Reentry Programs

The goal of this implementation guide is to provide information on the beginning stages of implementing a reentry program. The guide includes research on programs that offer comprehensive reentry efforts for youth while they are in a juvenile facility and continue upon their transition to the community. Whether you’re at the very beginning stages, have already identified a program and need to secure funds and supports, or are close to beginning your programming and need information on sustainability or other start-up issues, this guide can help.