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G.R.E.A.T. Program - Phase I (2007)

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $7,729)

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 City of Lynn Haven is located in Bay County and gang membership in the county has increased over 35 percent since 2005. The Lynn Haven Police Department implemented the G.R.E.A.T. middle school component in 2005 and funding will enable the department to continue the program. An estimated 351 sixth grade students will be taught the middle school curriculum during the school year. The department also provides a two-week summer adventure camp that served 25 youth last year. The camp's purpose is to assist youth in developing a more positive outlook on life, set personal goals, build self-esteem, and become more knowledgeable and involved citizens.


Date Created: August 20, 2007