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Harrison County Sheriff''s Department
G.R.E.A.T. Youth Enrichment Program

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $52,065)

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. The G.R.E.A.T. program'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 Harrison County Sheriff's Department will use these grant funds to provide the G.R.E.A.T. 13 week core curriculum to elementary 4th grade students and middle school students during a 12-month period. In addition, the funds will support a Camp for Kids Summer Program for at-risk youth. The GREAT Officers will implement a Family/Parent component for parents of children in the community. The funds will also allow the program to provide tutors for students involved in the program, as well as a variety of educational field trip type experiences.


Date Created: September 18, 2006