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Support for RAMP

RAMP™ was originally developed through a national mentoring grant focused on youth with disabilities at 12 sites and funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs. RAMP™ is currently supported by two OJJDP grants: a multi-state mentoring grant focused on youth with disabilities at 10 sites and a Second Chance Act grant focused on youth ex-offenders in the District of Columbia. The goal of these and other OJJDP mentoring grants is to target the most at-risk populations and reduce youth contact with the juvenile justice and adult corrections systems by providing evidence-based mentoring and related services.

In addition to funding at a national level, RAMP™ sites also leverage other resources from within their organizations and external funding sources - including public and private foundations, state grants, and corporations - to supplement and enhance RAMP programming.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

U.S. Department of Justice Seal: concentric blue and gold circles; bald eagle in center holding branching standing on shield colored like U.S. flag
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Logo: typography set so that the Js look like two columns supporting an entablature

OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families. 

The U.S. Congress enacted the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act in 1974. This landmark legislation established OJJDP to support local and state efforts to prevent delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system.

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