In FY 2010, OJJDP awarded a 3-year, $1.5-million grant to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency to establish the National Girls Institute (NGI). The Institute will provide training and technical assistance to programs that address the needs of girls involved in the juvenile justice system. NGI will also disseminate information; collaborate with researchers and program developers; form partnerships with federal, state, tribal, and local agencies; and develop policy.
During its initial grant year, NGI will create an advisory group composed of nationally recognized experts, including tribal experts; launch an NGI Web site; and conduct a nationwide assessment of the current training, technical assistance, and information needs of state, tribal, and local entities serving at-risk and delinquent girls. The assessment process will be carried out through approximately 25 listening sessions throughout the country in urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas.
NGI held its first listening session on March 3, 2011, in Washington, DC. Facilitated by NGI's Lawanda Ravoira and Vanessa Patino Lydia, and the Rebecca Project for Human Rights' Shakira Washington, the session covered the following topics:
The findings of the listening sessions will ground the development of programs and policies in the second and third years of the OJJDP grant. "The first listening session reinforced the important role young women must play in developing our collective knowledge and understanding," said Catherine Pierce, Associate Administrator for OJJDP's Child Protection Division. "It is so important for us to listen to girls across the nation and to include girls as partners in the work of NGI."