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Twiggs County Public Schools Gang Resistance Program

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $66,460)

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.

Twiggs County Board of Education will use Fiscal Year 2007 funds to continue implementation of the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum in their elementary and middle schools. The G.R.E.A.T. officers will address some of the following topics in the curriculum: fighting, weapons, sexual assault, arson, vandalism, gang related drive-by shootings, and truancy. The officers will identify at-risk students and work closely with them in order to provide education about alternatives to gangs and violence. Funds will be used to hire a full-time G.R.E.A.T. officer and support staff. Funds will also be used for laptops, printers, projectors, training, travel, and office supplies.


Date Created: September 9, 2007