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Omaha G.R.E.A.T. Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $125,000)

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 City of Omaha will utilize their FY 2007 G.R.E.A.T. grant to continue the middle school component within the City's schools and implement the summer component. Some of the goals will be to administer the program to all 7th grade middle school students during the regularly scheduled academic year; administer the summer program following completion academic school year; and have G.R.E.A.T. officers attend extra-curricular school events during evenings and weekends to maximize promotion of G.R.E.A.T. concepts and ideals.


Date Created: September 6, 2007