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Sutter County G.R.E.A.T. Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $32,571)

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.

Sutter County will use the FY 2010 Bureau of Justice Assistance Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program funds to support elementary, middle school, families, and summer components. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. The program's primary objective is prevention and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems.

The middle school curriculum will assist roughly one-half (364) of the students in grades 6th, 7th and 8th who are identified as at-risk. The G.R.E.A.T. Officer will present the curriculum in after-school sessions at Live Oak Middle School for an estimated (45) students. The middle school component will be offered to an estimated (21) students in the Live Oak ED program and Feather River Academy Opportunity Program during the school day. The elementary school curriculum will be presented to an estimated (450) 4th and 5th graders at April Lane, King, Bridge and Park Avenue Schools during the school hours.

Through the grant, a significant expansion of the existing program is planned to include additional officers being certified to teach the elementary component in four Title I schools, and also certification to teach the families component. It is anticipated that approximately (450) students will complete the elementary component and the families component offered to (30) families. The summer component will be coordinated with summer school programs offered in the schools and/or in coordination with park and recreation summer programs.


Date Created: September 13, 2010