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.
Because of the success of the G.R.E.A.T. program at the Mulholland Middle School, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) plans to expand their existing programs to additional schools within the Los Angles Unified School District. There ten schools slated to join the Los Angles G.R.E.A.T. Program. These schools are located in communities within the geographical city area the LAPD patrols.