The Coordinating Council: Recent Accomplishments

Recognizing that Council member agencies work with many of the same youth, the Council works to strengthen the practice of interagency collaboration on youth programs; increase the knowledge, dissemination, and the use of evidence-based programs; and elevate the importance of a juvenile justice agenda at the federal level. The Council facilitates joint federal projects in a variety of ways, including development of work aids and guidance for federal staff; in-kind contributions of staff time and resources, coordination across the Executive Branch agencies of assistance to states and localities and joint funding of initiatives.

In September 2009, the Council launched a one-stop online resource for federal staff who plan and manage comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs)—efforts to improve the lives of youth and families through systems change. CCIs are also known as community change initiatives. Designed primarily for federal staff, the Web site is also useful to technical assistance providers, evaluators, private funders, and community groups. The site includes guidelines to plan, manage, and support CCIs; answers to key questions; and tools and resources developed and used by professionals who direct, work with, and fund CCIs.

In addition, funds awarded at the direction of the Council through eight interagency agreements have supported important initiatives promoting coordination in juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. Funds have been provided to the U.S. Department of Labor to support enhanced coordination of federal resources in partnership with states and localities for disadvantaged youth, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for activities aimed at preventing child and adolescent injuries and deaths and activities to address substance abuse and mental health treatment services for juveniles, to the Corporation for National and Community Service to establish the Federal Mentoring Council and to create a Web presence for the Council, to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to engage youth in leadership activities in partnership with their communities, and to the National Endowment for the Arts to expand model theater programming for at-risk youth.

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