Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $110,285)
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 coordinates 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 Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will use the G.R.E.A.T. funds to provide the elementary, middle school, summer, and families components to youth and their families who reside within the boundaries of the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. Lessons will be delivered by Tribal law enforcement officers in cooperation with Bureau of Indian Affairs officers and the Boys & Girls Club.