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. 


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