Gang Resistance Education and Training Program Essay

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Gang Resistance Education and Training Program
Alian Cruz
CRJ 305: Crime Prevention
Ann Meek
08 OCT, 2011

For my final paper I am going to talk about a program that in my eyes is a great way for our youth to receive different views and healthy choices when it comes to avoiding and confronting gangs or gang members. Gang Resistance Education and Training, abbreviated G.R.E.A.T., and provides a school-based, police officer instructed program that includes classroom instruction and various learning activities. The mission of the program is to provide a range of activities to our kids to keep them away from gangs or related activity as well as educate them on competency, usefulness, and personal empowerment which will prevent them from
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The G.R.E.A.T. Elementary curriculum consists of six 30- to 45-minute lessons designed to be taught in sequence.
I agree with this foundation because by teaching our young kids the Do’s and Don’ts, they will start to lean towards what’s right and be able to recognize the signs to be able to walk away from pressure. I understand that small kids are still innocent with no malice but it is never too early to teach them not to let themselves be influenced by peer pressure. Some of the activities or lessons that are taught by the elementary level curriculum are We’re all in this Together, Loud and Clear, Staying Cool when the Heat Is On, and G.R.E.A.T Days Ahead. As you can see from this list the kids are exposed to various topics that help them deal with gang related issues as well as violence control and prevention from an early age. 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.

The Middle School curriculum is a skills-based curriculum designed to produce knowledge and attitudinal and behavioral changes through the use of facilitative teaching, positive behavior rehearsal, cooperative and interactive learning techniques, and extended teacher activities. The curriculum

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