Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $139,790)
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 Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will utilize their FY 2007 G.R.E.A.T. grant to implement all four components of the G.R.E.A.T. program through its tribal law enforcement office. Some of the goals will be to provide the youth and families with the skills and resources needed to avoid behavior that puts them at risk; provide prevention education regarding gang behavior; and develop a positive relationship with law enforcement, parents, teachers, and peers. The middle school component will be taught to all 205 students in the sixth and seventh grades and the elementary component will serve 160 students in the fourth and fifth grades. The family and summer components will be conducted at the Boys and Girls Clubs. The summer component expects to serve 45 youth and a minimum of 40 families will participate in the family component.