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Recent Updates

Nominations are open for the Tony Maggiore Youth Excellence Award! The deadline is August 30, 2024.

Eligible youth are:

  • Between ages 16 to 28 years old.
  • Previously under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system.
  • Have made great strides, despite previous involvement in the juvenile justice system, in overcoming obstacles to improve their life and their community.

The GJJC supports the provisions of the Governor’s 2023 – 2025 State Budget proposal that address juvenile justice reform. These proposals include important substantive changes that benefit Wisconsin children and are long overdue, including much-needed evidence-based alternatives to incarceration and community-based services. 

The GJJC sent a memo to the Wisconsin Legislature in support of Assembly Bill 48 and Senate Bill 55, relating to prosecuting or adjudicating delinquent a person under the age of 18 for committing an act of prostitution. This legislation, also known as Safe Harbor legislation, is designed to steer young victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking away from delinquency. 

The deadline to apply for the Youth Program Evaluation grant program has been extended to March 3, 2023.

The deadline to apply for the JJ Formula: Youth Program Evaluation Study grant program has been extended to February 24, 2023. All eligible agencies are invited to apply! Find out more on the Department of Justice grants page:

JJ Formula Indian Tribes grant opportunity closed for applications. Two other grant opportunities for implicit bias training, technical assistance, and system improvement; and youth serving program evaluations are still open for applications until Friday February 3, 2023.

Three grant opportunities funding a variety of programs including: programs to reduce delinquency for Native American youth, programs that address implicit bias in juvenile justice decision-making, and an evaluation of an existing youth service program. A variety of agencies are eligible to apply through the DOJ Grants website. Apply now!

Applications due January 27, 2023.

The juvenile justice formula grant programs listed below closed 9/2/2022. Please check the GJJC Resources page and DOJ Grants page for future opportunities.

  • Community-Based Programs and Services (2023)
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction (2023)
  • Indian Tribes (2023)

Three funding opportunities to support local agencies support and serve youth are now open for applications. Details on available amounts, eligible organizations, and program guidelines are located in the Resources tab, Grant Opportunity section. Eligible applicants should submit their applications as soon as possible and no later than August 19. 

Four awards have been made for the Title II Positive Youth Development Mentoring Program. These projects will serve at risk youth across the state by providing opportunities for positive relationships with supportive adults  Information regarding the awards and the projects can be found at the Initiatives By County page.