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FY06 Vicksburg Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $50,310)

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 Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vicksburg proposes to implement G.R.E.A.T. at the elementary and middle schools in the Vicksburg -Warren School District. This G.R.E.A.T. program will place two part-time G.R.E.A.T. officers to teach elementary and middle school components to fifth and sixth grade students. The lessons will commence at the beginning of fall 2006 Semester. The officers will also teach the G.R.E.A.T. summer component at Vicksburg-Warren School District during the summer when summer school is in session. This program will provide training to over forty families during the program year and provide an after school program for students at the Boys and Girls Club in the City of Vicksburg.


Date Created: September 19, 2006