Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $50,000)
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 City of Garland Police Department will implement the G.R.E.A.T. Middle School, Elementary, Families, and Summer components. The goals of the police department include assisting youth in avoiding gang membership, educating the community to prevent violence and criminal activity, and cultivating a positive relationship with law enforcement.
The main objective of the Garland Police Department is to prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement among youth in all communities by reducing the precursor attitudes and behaviors associated with these behaviors. The implementation of G.R.E.A.T. reinforces the school district initiatives in providing academic achievement and school safety. The teaching of G.R.E.A.T. by certified uniformed officers helps students realize the importance of making the right decisions, respect, acting proper in school, and studying.