Youth Reinvestment Grant (YRG) Program
This grant program is aimed at diverting low-level offenders from initial contact with the juvenile justice system using approaches that are evidence-based, culturally relevant, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate. Grant funds will be used to target underserved communities with high rates of juvenile arrests and high rates of racial/ethnic disproportionality within those juvenile arrests. Applicant local governments will be required to pass through 90 percent of awarded funds to community-based organizations. Applicant jurisdictions will be required to designate a “lead public agency” responsible for coordinating with local law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, and nonprofit organizations to implement the local grant program. Community-based organizations that receive these funds must provide diversion and alternative-sanction programs, academic- and vocational-education services, mentoring, behavioral health services, and mental health services.
In addition, funds from the Youth Reinvestment Grant Program have been specifically set aside for Indian tribes for the purpose of implementing diversion programs for Indian children that use trauma-informed, community-based, and health-based interventions. Funding priority shall be given to diversion programs that address the needs of Indian children who experience high rates of juvenile arrests, high rates of suicide, high rates of alcohol and substance abuse and average high school graduation rates that are lower than 75 percent.
Executive Steering Committee (ESC)
YRG Executive Steering Committee Roster. Click here for a detailed list of member profiles
|1||David Steinhart (Co-Chair)||Director & BSCC Board Member||Commonweal Juvenile Justice Program|
|2||Mark Varela (Co-Chair)||Chief Probation Officer & BSCC Board Member||Ventura County Probation Department|
|3||Jessica Chandler||Social Worker||Los Angeles County, Department of Children & Family Services|
|4||Amy Cohen||Child, Adolescent, Adult and Family Psychiatry Director||Center for Collaborative Parenting|
|5||Paul Espinosa||Captain||Los Angeles Police Department|
|6||Donna Groman||Supervising Judge||Los Angeles Juvenile Delinquency Court|
|7||Frankie Guzman||Director, California Youth Justice Initiative||National Center for Youth Law|
|8||Jane Halladay Goldman||Director, Service Systems Program||National Center for Child Traumatic Stress|
|9||Brooke Harris||Adjunct Professor & Supervising Clinical Attorney||Loyola Law School, Center for Juvenile Law & Policy|
|10||Olin Jones||Founder||Olin C. Jones Consulting|
|11||Patricia Lee||Chief Juvenile Public Defender||City & County of San Francisco|
|12||Julio Marcial||Director of Youth Justice||Liberty Hill Foundation|
|13||Laura John Ridolfi||Policy Director||W. Haywood Burns Institute|
|14||Patricia Soung||Policy Director of Youth Justice||Children's Defense Fund|
YRG Tribal Advisory Group
YRG Tribal Advisory Group Membership Roster Click here for a detailed list of member profiles
|1||Olin Jones TAG Chair, YRG Liaison||Founder||Olin C. Jones Consulting|
|2||Dayna Barrios||Youth Initiatives Project Director||Sacramento Native American Health Center|
|3||Angi Cavaliere||Minor’s Counsel||Children’s Law Center of California|
|4||Bill Denke||Police Chief||Sycuan Tribal Police Department|
|5||Heather Hostler||Director||California Department of Social Services
Office of Tribal Affairs
Meetings and Agenda
Youth Reinvestment Grant ESC Meetings
|October 9, 2018||Tuesday||10:00 a.m.||BSCC Board Room*||Agenda|
|October 10, 2018||Wednesday||9:00 a.m.||BSCC Board Room||Agenda|
|November 15, 2018||Thursday||10:00 a.m.||BSCC Board Room||Agenda|
|November 16, 2018||Friday||9:00 a.m.||BSCC Board Room||Agenda|
YRG Tribal Advisory Group Meetings
|October 23, 2018||Tuesday||10:00 a.m.||BSCC Board Room||Agenda|
|October 24, 2018||Wednesday||9:00 a.m.||BSCC Board Room||Agenda|
* Board of State & Community Corrections, Training Room – First Floor, 2590 Venture Oaks Way, Sacramento CA 95833
** ESC meeting dates and agendas will be posted at least ten days prior to the date of the meeting.
The Youth Reinvestment Grant Program was established in the 2018 Budget Act (Senate Bill 840, Chapter 29, Statutes of 2018) and the related trailer bill (Assembly Bill 1812, Chapter 36, Statutes of 2018).
YRG Information and Public Comment
For information about the Youth Reinvestment Grant please contact Kimberly Bushard, Field Representative, at email@example.com.
If you would like to provide public comment via email please submit to: YouthReinvestmentGrant@bscc.ca.gov All public comments will be compiled and provided to the Executive Steering Committee. The public is also welcome to provide public comment in person at the ESC meetings. The ESC meeting dates will be posted at least ten days prior to the date of the meeting.