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Level 1 Implementation of Gang Resistance And Education Training Program for Elementary and Middle School Children, inclusive of a summer session.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $33,188)

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 Glassboro Police Department will introduce the G.R.E.A.T. Program in the Glassboro Intermediate School during the spring of 2007 as well as implement the Summer Component of the program. The program will be offered within the Glassboro School District which will include 530 students in grades 4-6 and 166 students in grade 7 at the Glassboro Intermediate School. The total number of children targeted for the G.R.E.A.T. Program is estimated at 696. Glassboro's proposed program implementation identifies three target groups for G.R.E.A.T.: 1) sixth and seventh grades students, 2) fourth and fifth grade students, and 3) students participating in a summer program. Each group has a curriculum tailored to its abilities and needs. The general target population for the G.R.E.A.T. program consists of school children in fourth through seventh grades. The junior high school students shall receive 13 one-hour sessions of instruction. The elementary school students shall receive six 45'minute classes. Additionally, students participating in the summer session will be instructed using the summer component of the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum. Along with the mandatory summer component curriculum, the students will have various planned educational and recreational field trips along with sporting activities.


Date Created: September 9, 2007