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Seventy-eight students graduate from Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2023. 10:35 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On March 15, 2023, 78 students from Luke Methodist primary graduated from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program.

The students participated in a 13-week capacity building.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Howell Gillett is the Commander of Community policing and he noted that the GREAT program is geared at ensuring the safety and well-being of young people.

G.R.E.A.T. is a school-based program that provides students with the knowledge and skills to resist involvement in gangs, violence, and delinquent behavior.

This program is designed to educate students on the dangers of gang involvement and help them develop the skills to make positive choices for themselves and their communities.

“There are several reasons why teaching G.R.E.A.T. in schools is important. Firstly, it provides young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to stay safe and avoid risky situations. This includes teaching students how to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations, how to manage conflict and how to make responsible decisions,” Gillett said.

ACP Gillett says that through this program, students develop positive relationships with their peers and adults.

G.R.E.A.T. also promotes positive communication skills, conflict resolution, and respect for others, which can help students build strong, healthy relationships.


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