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Lansing G.R.E.A.T. Program

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $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 curricula help students develop values and practice behaviors that will help them avoid destructive activities. G.R.E.A.T. program staff coordinate project activities with federal, regional, state, and local agencies, as well as individuals from community and civic groups. The goal of the program is to train criminal justice professionals to deliver a school-based curriculum that teaches life-skills competencies, gang awareness, and violence-avoidance techniques.

The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office, working with the Lansing Police Department, will implement the middle school, elementary school, families, and summer components. Two certified G.R.E.A.T. officers will be dedicated to providing all four components. The curriculum will be taught in the four middle schools to all seventh graders and in select elementary schools to 300 fifth graders. The families component will be offered to six families per session. With the assistance of the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, the G.R.E.A.T. officers will develop summer programs designed for students who have completed one of the school components. The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office will utilize the funds for salary, travel and training, summer field trips, program/office space, and program supplies.


Date Created: August 12, 2008