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Gang Resistance Education and Training

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $250,000)

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.

This grant will help the Portland Police Bureau to expand their outreach and increase the number of youth and families served in all four components of the City of Portland G.R.E.A.T. Program. A goal for this year's grant is to increase the current number of 38 officers to 53 officers and to present the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum in all Portland Middle Schools as well as increase the G.R.E.A.T presence in the Elementary Schools and summer programs.


Date Created: September 18, 2006