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Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

Setting a vision for juvenile justice in Minnesota


The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee allocates Minnesota's federal juvenile justice grant funds. The grants are administered by the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs (OJP). When grants are open for application they will be posted on the OJP Grants web page.


​Beltrami Area Service Collaborative (BASC) Bemidji ​The Intervention Program is a project focused on prevention and early intervention programming for youth engaging in behaviors which put them at risk for juvenile and/or CHIPS Court Involvement. The services include preventative restorative practices in area schools and pre-adjudication diversion.
​Children's Hospital and Clinic of MN (Saint Paul) ​The Runaway Intervention Program (RIP) helps restore sexually exploited runaway youth to healthy developmental trajectories. 
​Evergreen Youth and Family Services (Bemidji) ​A county and tribal collaboration to prevent first time justice system involvement and to improve support for re-entering youth to prevent recidivism via a comprehensive range of independent living skills. 
​Faribault Youth Services Center (Faribault) ​Expansion of out of school time programming for 25 Latino youth in grades 4-8 during the school year utilizing the Search Institute's Sparks! Program with additional focus on under-represented Somali neighborhoods.
​Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
​Culturally-specific leadership and educational opportunities aimed at promoting positive self-esteem and resiliency among tribal youth.
​Martin County ​In an effort to provide wraparound support, the Martin County Youth Intervention and Prevention Program implements a program called BEST – Building and Empowering Students Together.
​Minneapolis American Indian Center (Minneapolis) ​The Ginew/Golden Eagle is a year round youth development program following a Native American cultural specific 23 week Resilience Building designed to highlight and enhance participant's healthy life choices, school performances and attendance.

Rice County Attorney's Office
​Rice County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) aims to improve the local juvenile justice system and address racial and ethnic disparities via the following eight core JDAI strategies:  collaboration, data collection and analysis, expanded alternatives to detention programs, case processing reforms, reducing the number of youth detained, combatting racial and ethnic disparities, and monitoring and improving conditions of confinement.
​Urban Boat Builders (Saint Paul) ​A youth development program that uses the building of wooden boats as a vehicle toward developing academic, life and work skills. Through the Apprenticeship Program, 16-19 year olds who have been previously adjudicated or are deemed at risk for adjudication earn a stipend while developing tangible career skills.
Stearns County Human Services ​The St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative provides early intervention to children and families after a traumatic incident, informs families about trauma and its impact on child development, and connects children and families to the mental health and other supports they need, interrupting the potential cycle of negative behavior throughout childhood and into adulthood.


Title II Grants

> OJJDP Fact Sheet Overview of the Title II Formula Grants Program

Overview:  Title II funds authorized under the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act are allocated to each state. They are to be awarded and monitored by a state advisory group, which in Minnesota is the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC).  The target population is youth under the age of 18 (and their families), who have had contact with the juvenile justice system or who are at risk of having contact with the juvenile justice system. The goal is to prevent or divert youth involvement in the juvenile justice system and to eliminate or minimize disproportionate minority contact.

Allowable activities include:

  • Strategies to reduce disproportionate minority contact.
  • Coordinated community services that support at risk youth and families.
  • Services specifically designed for target populations such as youth of color, young women, homeless youth and children who are at risk of offending.
  • Services that target youth whose present behavior places them at risk of future delinquent activity.  


Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG)

Overview:   The federal Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention allocates funding for the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) to each state.  The allocations to each state are required to be monitored by a JABG State Advisory Board (SAB).   In Minnesota, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) serves as the JABG SAB.  Seventy-five percent of these funds are passed through to local units of government using a formula based on juvenile justice expenditures and violent crime rates.  The goal of the program is to reduce juvenile crime by encouraging accountability-based reform at the state and local level.  Grantees must provide a 10% cash match and programs must fit into one of 17 federally mandated purpose areas.  Minnesota uses Purpose Areas 1, 9, 11, 12, 14 and 15.

Native American Pass-Through Funds

Under the OJJDP formula, JJAC allocates the Native American Pass Through funding which is based on the population of Native Americans within the state.  Tribes with a police department are eligible.  


For questions on eligibility, please contact:

Callie Aguilar, Juvenile Justice Specialist
Office of Justice Programs

445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300
St. Paul, MN 55101
Office: 651-201-7348