The Youth Cultural Liaison Program (YCLP) is focused on reducing the over-representation of Native American and other minority youth in the Juvenile Justice System. The Village provides this service in Devils Lake, North Dakota.
What YCLP Does
- Provide case management services for newly referred/lower-risk minority youth and families.
- Work with youth who are diverted from the formal Juvenile Court to help families identify goals.
- Provide direct service as appropriate, such as crisis intervention and assessments, etc.
- Make referrals to relevant community-based services (individual/family counseling, mental health evaluations, alcohol/drug evaluations, etc.).
- Provide support for minority youth and families who may already be assigned a case manager or probation officer.
- Act as a liaison between the family and the Juvenile Court to help families understand and navigate the court process.
- Provide support such as helping with transportation (if needed) to Court or other essential appointments.
- Provide education for local service providers on cultural issues and effective practices.
How We Can Help
- Job coaching
- Independent living skills
- Help accessing services such as housing, educational needs, medical, etc. that will benefit the family or youth and decrease risk of juvenile court involvement
- Other support based on individualized needs of the youth and family
How to Get Started
- Juvenile Court will refer appropriate youth/families to YCLP.
- Youth may be of the following legal status: Delinquent, Unruly, Deprived, or Dual Status. They must live in the Devils Lake area or on the Spirit Lake Nation.
- The YCLP Coordinator will provide documentation to Juvenile Court regarding intake, assessments, case plans, etc.
- YCLP will collect data and demographics on participants.
For more information, contact the YCLP Coordinator at 701-662-6776.