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Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $21,433)

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 Hillsboro will use $21,433 of Fiscal Year (FY) Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) funding to suppress, intervene, and prevent gang pressure and youth violence. Funds will used to support middle, elementary, families, and summer components. The elementary school component will be implemented in four elementary schools in the Hillsboro School District and will reach about 300 fifth grade students. The middle school component will be implemented in four middle schools in the Hillsboro School District and will serve about 1,200 seventh grade students. The family component will reach approximately 60 Hillsboro families and will encourage positive behaviors and promote healthy family development. The summer component will consist of five one-week camps and will be offered to approximately 155 students. This component will involve G.R.E.A.T core concept instruction, field trips, and community service projects. Each G.R.E.A.T. component will provide a vital way for officers to promote a safe and healthy community and will give at-risk youth an opportunity to gain a positive perception of law enforcement, schools, and communities.


Date Created: September 6, 2007