This week, a new online resource with a focus on providing services to delinquent and potentially at-risk young females was launched by the United States Department of Justice.
The National Girls Institute, established in 2010 by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), is dedicated to providing local and private organizations with assistance and training to help prevent female minors from entering the nation’s juvenile justice system.
Melodee Hanes, Acting Administrator of OJJDP, said that the organization has a responsibility to provide assistance, tools and other resources to programs designed to keep America’s girls out of courtrooms and detention facilities.
“This website,” she said, “is an important step forward in our efforts to improve the lives of girls across the country.”
In addition to providing technical assistance and training materials, the website also includes extensive data and tool sets, many of which are customized in regards to specific needs of young women and girls, including trauma and cultural responsiveness resources.
The National Girls Institute is also supported by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Dr. Lawanda Ravoira, director of the NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women, said the website is a critical resource for the general public to fully understand the many issues regarding young women and the nation’s juvenile justice system.
“The website will be a dynamic way to share timely information about the urgent needs of girls, as well as giving girls, their parents and caregivers practical resources,” she said. “Most importantly, the website provides a vehicle for bringing girls’ issues to the forefront, so we can effect positive change.”