PREVENTION
DIVISIONS
 
 

Gang Resistance Education And Training

There are three components in the G.R.E.A.T. Program:

1.  Classroom Component

G.R.E.A.T. is a 13-lesson life-skills competency program designed to teach middle-school children:

  • Truths about gangs and violence
  • Roles in their families, schools and communities
  • Goal setting tips
  • How to make G.R.E.A.T. decisions
  • Communication skills
  • Empathy for others
  • Responding to peer pressure
  • Anger management
  • Resolving conflicts
 
2.  Summer Component

An integral part of the G.R.E.A.T. Program is the follow-up summer project. The summer component is filled with classroom curriculum and extra-curricular activities which serve to reinforce the 13-week school program with cognitive, social, and self-esteem building opportunities.

 

The summer education and recreation program continues to build on the G.R.E.A.T. school-based program. Children enjoy recreational games, outings, and participation in community service projects. The goals for the G.R.E.A.T. summer component are:

  • To provide opportunities for children to enhance both life and social skills
  • To help make children aware of alternatives to gang involvement
  • To provide structure during the summer break
 
3.  Family Component

G.R.E.A.T. Families provides multi-level relationship building sessions, is life-skills based, and enhances social bonding to reduce isolation within a family and between families themselves.  Improved family functioning is necessary to any comprehensive effort to prevent or reduce crime.  Ultimately, G.R.E.A.T. Families seeks to strengthen communities by strengthening families. 

 

information taken from www.mwgreat.org

Components
Classroom
Summer
Family