Families Working Group

The Families Working Group identified four focus areas that should be addressed in order to empower youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system. These focus areas represent current barriers for families to effectively engage with the system as it exists today.

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Prevention Working Group

The goal of our working group is to prevent youth from entering and re-entering the justice system. To do so, we will act to increase earlier recognition of at-risk youth and families, knowledge of how to best serve youth and their families, and access to needed supports and services.

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Schools Working Group

Schools and their community partners can play an important role in preventing youth from entering the juvenile justice system, and in helping them achieve long-term success after system involvement. Today, schools can serve as an entry point for many youth into juvenile justice.

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What Principles Guide our Effort?

Operation Youth Success will:

  • Foster a culture of trusting collaboration and will be ready to engage in open, honest and respectful debate
  • Commit to learning and knowledge sharing, always keeping an open mind and a willingness to be vulnerable
  • Commit to building on the success of existing local efforts rather than trying to reinvent the wheel
  • Agree that upholding and honoring youth dignity should be at the forefront of our juvenile justice system
  • Support equity for minority youth in our system and remain vigilant of disproportionate contact
  • Believe that our system can and should change the life trajectories of youth in the system for the better

Governance Policies and Procedures of OYS

The document “Governance Policies and Procedures” is in the process of being developed and in draft form. Feedback may be submitted via the electronic form: https://goo.gl/forms/D5lpGMm7xDKv5htc2. Email format feedback may be sent directly to OYS via: info@operationyouthsuccess.org. This feedback opportunity will close at 5:00 PM February 9, 2018.

Governance Policies and Procedures

Knowledge Exchange and The Juvenile Justice & Provider Forum Information


FY2017 Douglas County Juvenile Justice Community-Based Aid

FY2017 Douglas County Recommendations


2017 Community Based Aid Application


FY 2018 Douglas County Juvenile Justice Community-Based Aid

Distribution of Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Policy & Procedures


2018 Community Based Aid Application

**This application is subject to revisions based on the review processes conducted by the Nebraska Crime Commission.
Recommendations for the FY2018 Douglas County Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid (CBA) application were voted on at the November 16th Operation Youth Success Steering Committee.  The 2018 application below reflects those recommendations and has been submitted to the Nebraska Crime Commission on behalf of Douglas County.  Please be advised of the remaining steps in the process of approval, as outlined in the 2018 Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Request for Application (RFA) from the Nebraska Crime Commission.


  • 11 Sept 2017: Grant Announcement
  • 18 Dec 2017: Application Due Date
  • TBD Feb 2018: NCJJ Community Planning Advisory Subcommittee Review
  • TBD Feb 2018: NCJJ Grant Subcommittee Review
  • TBD Mar 2018: Commission Funding Panel Final Review and Funding Determination
  • TBD May 2018: Nebraska Crime Commission (Appeals Only)

No contracts for services supported by FY2018 Community Based Juvenile Services Aid funding will be entered into until the grant award has been approved by both the Nebraska Crime Commission and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

Juvenile Services Grant Funds are state funds appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature and administered by the Nebraska Crime Commission.  Availability of funds is announced on an annual basis and applications are accepted through a competitive grant process.

The purpose of these funds, as outlined in state statute, is to assist communities in the implementation and operation of programs or services identified in their comprehensive juvenile services plan, including but not limited to:  programs for assessment and evaluation, the prevention of delinquent behavior, diversion, detention, shelter care, intensive juvenile probation services, restitution, family support services, and community centers for the care and treatment of juveniles in need of services.  The Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice in conjunction with the Crime Commission develops a Three Year Plan for all juvenile justice grant funds.  Juvenile Services dollars are generally prioritized based on the needs identified in this Three Year Plan.

For more information, please visit the Nebraska Crime Commission at http://ncc.nebraska.gov/grants

Juvenile Justice System Analysis