Through comprehensive and coordinated efforts at the federal, state, and local levels, OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) aims to reduce youth crime and violence. OJJDP supports prevention and early intervention programs that are making a difference for young people and their communities, and through research and programming works to strengthen the nation's juvenile justice system. Other OJP components, including the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime, also provide programming and research support for outreach to juveniles and their families. Learn more below.
Programs & Initiatives
Following are examples of programs and initiatives from OJP and the OJP program offices related to this topic:
- AMBER Alert
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- National Gang Center
- National Mentoring Resource Center
- OJJDP: Programs
See the OJJDP Model Programs Guide site for ratings of related programs.
Training & Technical Assistance
Visit the following site to learn about training and technical assistance services from and supported by OJP program offices:
Frequently Asked Questions
When Your Child is Missing: A Family Guide to Survival, an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention report, contains helpful information for families about what to do when a child is missing. This report is also available in Spanish. For additional information, visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website and our Missing Children Special Feature.
Resources on youth gang prevention include the following:
- Gang Violence Prevention
- Helping At-Risk Youth Say "No" to Gangs
- Best Practices to Address Community Gang Problems: OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model
- Parents' Guide to Gangs
- OJJDP Strategic Planning tool
See the following resources for information that may be helpful when looking at ways to prevent school shootings:
- About School Crime and Safety, National Institute of Justice
- Special Feature: School Safety, OJP
- Indicators of School Crime and Safety, Bureau of Justice Statistics
The National Institute of Justice Journal article, What Do the Data Reveal About Violence in Schools?, may also be of interest.