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Establish a G.R.E.A.T. Program in collaboration with nine school disticts in the County of Nassau. The G.R.E.A.T. Program will target at risk youth and families exposed to gang violence.

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $153,990)

The Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program is a life-skills competency program designed to provide students with the skills they need to avoid gang pressure and youth violence. G.R.E.A.T.'s violence prevention curriculum helps students develop values and practice behaviors that will assist them to avoid destructive activities. The G.R.E.A.T. program coordinates with federal, regional, state and local agencies, as well as individuals from community and civic groups. The goal of the G.R.E.A.T. program is to train law enforcement officers in a school-based curriculum in which the officers provide instruction to school-aged children in life skill competencies, gang awareness, and anti-violence techniques. Training in the core G.R.E.A.T. program is provided to officers from any state or local law enforcement agency.

The Nassau County Police Department will use $153,990 in G.R.E.A.T. funding to provide elementary school, middle school, summer and family anti-gang education programs. The elementary and middle school programs will be administered in the following nine school districts: Baldwin; Freeport; Glen Cove; Long Beach; Port Washington; Roosevelt; Uniondale; Valley Stream; and Westbury. The Summer program will target the following five communities: Baldwin; Roosevelt; Uniondale; Valley Stream; and Westbury. The Families component will focus on 40 families throughout the County that are identified as having been affected by gang violence. Funding will be used to pay the salaries and overtime for four fully dedicated Police Officers assigned to teach the anti-gang curriculum.


Date Created: September 17, 2006