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Gang Resistance Education and Training Program

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $66,479)

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 Lyon County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), in collaboration with the Lyon County District Attorney's Office, Lyon County Juvenile Probation, Lyon County Human Services, and Family and Child Protective Services, is dedicated to continuing the G.R.E.A.T program in Lyon County, Nevada. The LCSO's goal is to address the growing concerns about youth crime, violence, and gang involvement. They will use the grant funds to certify one additional officer as a G.R.E.A.T instructor, and to teach the G.R.E.A.T curriculum in elementary and middle schools. The program will serve 89 fourth graders, 92 fifth graders, 622 sixth graders, and 103 seventh graders, and serve 40 families in their families component, targeting students who have been observed as displaying gang behavior. The Lyon County Human Services will assist with the family component referrals.


Date Created: September 28, 2008