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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.

YRG Executive Steering Committee Roster. Click here for a detailed list of member profiles

  Name Title Organization
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 Membership Roster Click here for a detailed list of member profiles

  Name Title Organization/Agency
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

Youth Reinvestment Grant ESC Meetings

Date Day Time Location Agenda
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

Date Day Time Location Agenda
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).

For information about the Youth Reinvestment Grant please contact Kimberly Bushard, Field Representative, at

If you would like to provide public comment via email please submit to: 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.