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Gang Resistance Education and Training

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $100,326)

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 Kings County G.R.E.A.T. program will consist of a G.R.E.A.T. certified officer who will: (1) teach the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum in Kings County schools; (2) teach a G.R.E.A.T. Families component; and (3) coordinate and operate a G.R.E.A.T. Summer program. In addition, the G.R.E.A.T. officer assigned to the program will participate in school and community-based activities that promote gang prevention. The assigned officer will also work with schools and the Kings County Gang Task Force to identify youth that are at risk of gang involvement. The various Kings County partnerships will provide intervention services to youth identified as at risk and their families.


Date Created: September 19, 2006