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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $125,000)

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 Conroe Independent School District (CISD) Police Department will continue to provide the middle school, elementary school, and summer components. CISD is the largest school district within Montgomery County, Texas and is experiencing an increase in gang-related activity. The G.R.E.A.T. program began as a collaborative effort with the Police Activities League (PAL) program and has expanded to include three components. The department plans to teach the elementary school curriculum to an estimated 1400 fourth graders. The middle school curriculum will reach approximately 2700 students in the fifth through eighth grades. The PAL and G.R.E.A.T. programs will be offered to 400 youth who participate in summer camps.


Date Created: September 6, 2007