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GREAT Program for the McFarland Unified School District

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $62,600)

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 McFarland Unified School District will use its FY 2007 G.R.E.A.T funds to implement the Middle School, Summer, and Family Components. The G.R.E.A.T program will focus on the middle school aged children and will be taught to all 770 students. The summer component will be taught during the six weeks of summer school, while the family component will be taught on Wednesday evenings during the school year. The G.R.E.A.T. program will be taught to a total of 278 sixth graders, 230 seventh graders, and 214 eighth graders.


Date Created: August 29, 2007