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Building Brighter Futures in Indian Country: What’s on the Minds of Native Youth

U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The report summarizes the meeting of the June 2007 Tribal Youth Focus Group, comprised of youths ages 10 to 17 from 20 tribes across the United States. It will serve as a guide to the development of OJJDP programs to help tribal communities strengthen families and assist at-risk youth.

In a survey regarding their communities and schools, 92 percent of the focus group’s 10- to 14-year-olds said bullying was a problem in their schools, 100 percent said their peers use alcohol or drugs, and only 25 percent said they felt safe in school. The group recommended making information on services and programs more available to youth, and providing additional prevention resources to communities in the areas of suicide, alcohol use and teen pregnancy. Free, 28 pages. (202) 307-5911, http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/typ/download/223353.pdf.

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