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Portland, Oregon GREAT Local Program 2007

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $150,000)

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 Portland will use $150,000 of Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 G.R.E.A.T. funding to suppress, intervene, and prevent gang pressure and youth violence. Funds will be used to support delivery of the curricula in 26 middle and elementary schools and to assist the Portland Police Bureau to expand outreach efforts in the community and to increase the number of youths served in all areas of the city. Additionally, funds will go to support the families and summer component. The City expects to serve 625 fifth grade students, 2,460 sixth grade students, 40 families, and 600 youth in the summer program.


Date Created: September 10, 2007