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Gang Resistance Education and Training

G.R.E.A.T. 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 curriculum helps students develop beliefs and practice behaviors that will help them avoid destructive behaviors.

This proven curriculum will teach the students:

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

History of the G.R.E.A.T. Program

G.R.E.A.T. originated through a combined effort of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix, Arizona. The effort was congressionally supported as part of ATF's Project Outreach.

The program originally began as a nine lesson middle-school curriculum. In early 1992 the first G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training was held, as well as the first Summer component in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1993, due to its success, the program was expanded nationwide. Between 1993-98, the program added the regional partners, a National Policy Board (NPB) as well as thousands of trained officers.

In 2000, the program underwent a curriculum review. This review was the result of a longitudinal study by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). This review enhanced the original program to 13 interactive, facilitation style lessons and reinforces the skills learned.

The new curriculum was piloted in 14 cities nationwide with overwhelming success.

G.R.E.A.T. Curriculum
Welcome to G.R.E.A.T. Program introduction
Relationship between Gangs, Violence, Drugs and Crime
What's the Real Deal? Message Analysis
Facts and Fiction about Gangs and Violence
It's about us Community
Roles and Responsibility
What you can do about Gangs
Where do we go from here? Setting Realistic and Achievable Goals
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions G.R.E.A.T. Decision-Making Model Impact of Decisions on Goals
Decision-Making Practice
Do you hear what I am Saying? Effective Communication
Verbal vs. Non-Verbal
Walk in someone else's shoes Active listening
Identification of Different Emotions
Empathy for Others
Say it like you mean it Body Language
Tone of Voice
Refusal Skills Practice
Getting along without going along Influences, Peer Pressure and Refusal Skills Practice
Keeping your cool G.R.E.A.T. Anger Management Tips
Keeping it together Recognizing Anger in Others
Tips for Calming Others
Working it out Consequences for Fighting G.R.E.A.T. Tips for Conflict Resolution
Looking back Program Review
"Making my School G.R.E.A.T." Project

National Evaluation

G.R.E.A.T. recently underwent a comprehensive long-term study to measure the impact of the program.

This five year study was conducted by NIJ in conjunction with the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The results of the evaluation demonstrated that students who participated in the program had:

  • Lower rates of victimization
  • More negative views about gangs
  • More favorable attitudes towards the police
  • More peers involved in pro-social activities
  • Lower levels of involvement in risk seeking behaviors