Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $30,950)
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 G.R.E.A.T. Grant Funds will be utilized by the Lake County Sheriff's Office to instruct 6th graders in the 13 week core G.R.E.A.T. curriculum in seven of Lake County's middle schools. Deputies teaching the curriculum share the full time responsibilities as School Resource Deputies. At the completion of these programs youths are honored for their achievements.