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Maine Recognized For Excellence in Juvenile Justice

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recognized Maine for its dedication and significant contributions to the juvenile justice field.

Kathryn McGloin, Juvenile Justice Specialist, and Damon Lefferts, Compliance Monitor, attended the OJJDP State Relations and Assistance Division National Training in Nashville, TN in August.

OJJDP recognized the JJAG with their funding of evidence-based programs. This particular award cited the Lions-Quest program run by Youthlinks for children in grade five in the greater Rockland area. Youthlinks is a part of Broadreach Family and Community Services.

Some of the other evidence-based programs funded by the JJAG with OJJDP Title II Formula Grant funds include the STAR program in Hope, Camden, Rockport, Appleton and Lincolnville; the Leadership and Resiliency Program in Portland, Biddeford, South Portland, Scarborough, Brunswick, and MSAD #75; Collaborative Problem Solving in Sanford; and Class Action and Project Toward No Drug Abuse in Westbrook, Windham and Mackworth Island, to name a few.

The JJAG prepares the State juvenile justice plan; manages funds awarded to the State under terms of the federal act; monitors State compliance with national juvenile standards; and advises State policy makers on juvenile justice issues.