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    G.R.E.A.T at New Bridge Middle School

    Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches students in 8th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive lives.  Officer Mills works cooperatively to establish a schedule with the 8th grade social studies teachers.  

    Program Vision and Mission

    • Building Safer Communities One Child at a Time
    • Prevent Youth Crime, Violence, and Gang Involvement 

    The G.R.E.A.T. Program as an Organization

    The goal of the G.R.E.A.T. Program is to help youth develop positive life skills that will help them avoid gang involvement and violent behavior. G.R.E.A.T. uses a communitywide approach to combat the risk factors associated with youth involvement in gang-related behaviors. The curricula were developed through the collaborative efforts of experienced law enforcement officers and specialists in criminology, sociology, psychology, education, health, and curriculum design and are designed to reinforce each other. The three (3) different curricula are intended for different audiences and are most effective when youth are exposed to more than one of the curricula. The lessons included in each curriculum are interactive and designed to allow students to practice positive behaviors that will remain with them during the remainder of their development years. 

    Since the G.R.E.A.T. Program went nationwide in 1992, many law enforcement agencies and schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Canada, Central America, England, and military bases in Japan and Germany have implemented the program. Currently, the G.R.E.A.T. Program is delivered in over 500 communities across the United States. In order to maintain the integrity of the G.R.E.A.T. Program, it is necessary to have a strong organizational structure to regulate decisions and program or curricula changes.