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Standing Against Gangs with Education

Award Information

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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.

The Clayton County Public Schools will use the G.R.E.A.T. funds to support the Standing Against Gangs with Education (SAGE) program. The purpose of SAGE is to provide an integrated approach to gang resistance that promotes self-esteem, personal responsibility, value information, conflict resolution, and positive relationships in a three-pronged approach. The three-pronged approach includes implementation of four components of the G.R.E.A.T. program (middle school, elementary, family, and summer). Finally, the services provided by this project will serve fifth and seventh grade students attending all 36 elementary and 14 middle schools in the county.


Date Created: September 19, 2006