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Implementation of the G.R.E.A.T. Program

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $52,643)

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.

These funds will continue to support the Russell County Sheriff's Department G.R.E.A.T. program. Funds will be used for the purchase of laptop computers, student incentives, and other related costs. The G.R.E.A.T. program will be implemented in three different phases. In phase one, the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum will be facilitated at the elementary school fourth grade level. Phase two of the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum will be facilitated at the seventh grade level, and phase three will include the parent component, followed by a five to six week summer program.


Date Created: September 18, 2006