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Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT)

4209 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana  46205
Office:  (317) 327-3187

GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum.  Its primary objective is the prevention of delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.  Lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems.

The program includes four components.  The first is geared toward middle school or junior high students, with the goal of conducting the program during the student's first year in either middle or junior high school.  This is the CORE curriculum and is thirteen weeks long.  Officers spend 40-45 minutes in the classroom, one day a week, for thirteen weeks.  During the thirteen weeks, students work on a service project as well as attend the classroom instruction.

The second component is held in the elementary schools.  Designed for 4th and 5th graders, this component is six weeks long.  As in the CORE curriculum, officers instruct one day a week for about 40-45 minutes.

The third component of GREAT is a summer program. One week long summer camps are held for middle school and for elementary school children.

The fourth component is GREAT Families.  This six-session curriculum uses group interaction, activities, and skills practice to engage parents and children ages 10 to 14 in order to foster positive family functioning. Each session is facilitated under the guidance of a specially trained facilitator.

The GREAT Program is conducted in most IPS schools and is being extended to township schools.  Officers also teach in private/charter schools.

GREAT has developed partnerships with nationally recognized organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues. These partnerships encourage positive relationships among the community, parents, schools, and law enforcement officers.