Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $15,439)
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 Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin proposes to implement the G.R.E.A.T. Program at the Menominee Tribal School and the Menominee Indian Middle School. The Menominee Tribal Police Department currently has two school police liaison officers placed in these two schools that serve the middle school populations. These two officers will be responsible for teaching the G.R.E.A.T. middle school component to sixth grade students. The thirteen 45-60 minute lessons will commence at the beginning of the fall 2006 Semester. The officers will also teach the G.R.E.A.T. summer component at both schools during the month of June 2007 when summer school is in session.