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G.R.E.A.T. OFFICERS TRAINING HOSTED BY THE CLAYTON COUNTY SCHOOLS POLICE DEPT.
Thank you to Chief Thomas J. Trawick, Jr, Clayton County (Georgia) Schools Police Department and Major Debra Williams for hosting a G.R.E.A.T. Officers Training (GOT) class in Jonesboro, GA. The GFI is proud to have been able to pay $4,000 in travel and per diem expenses for officers from Utah, MS, TN, PA, and NC to attend this training. This $4,000 investment will make it possible for 7 officers to teach the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum to at least 2,090 kids this school year.
VERIZON FOUNDATION & INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND
The VERIZON FOUNDATION and INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND (vendor for G.R.E.A.T. products) have provided support to the “SCHOOL SERVICE PROJECT – MAKE MY SCHOOL G.R.E.A.T.” The VERIZON FOUNDATION awarded the GFI a grant to fund the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum, “Make My School G.R.E.A.T. Project. And, INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND has provided youth incentives that coincide with the VERIZON grant. G.R.E.A.T. Officer Instructors are encourages to apply for a MAKE MY SCHOOL G.R.E.A.T PROJECT grant while funds and incentives lasts.
MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS FOUNDATION AWARDS $40,000 GRANT TO SUPPORT THE
“G.R.E.A.T. OFFICERS BUILDING TRUST AND COMMUNITY POLICING” – Summer/Family School Service Project
This grant program will enable G.R.E.A.T. law enforcement officers, across the country, to take a pro-active non-enforcement approach in engaging youth and their parents/guardians in a positive pro-active approach in community relations and youth violence prevention.
In order to apply for this reimbursement grant, G.R.E.A.T. Officers will teach and oversee G.R.E.A.T. youth summer/family program topics that reinforce the lessons learned in the structured elementary and middle school curricula: conflict resolution, anti-bullying, communication skills, goal setting, self-image, and cultural awareness/sensitivity. Every Summer Program (G.R.E.A.T. Officers Building Trust and Community Policing) must teach/reflect a combination of the G.R.E.A.T. goals and skills: 1. Strengthen law enforcement’s relationship with youth and community; 2. Improve public/community relations; 3. Provide structured activities when students are not in school; 4. Give youths positive alternatives to gang involvement; and 5. Build upon the school-based G.R.E.A.T. curricula and reinforce goals by offering youths an opportunity to enhance their skills.
This Family Program will concentrate on building trust and positive relationships between law enforcement, youth and the family in addition to serving as a vehicle to distract and deter youth from gangs and violence. The G.R.E.A.T. Family component will help families develop skills and strategies that will foster a healthier home environment, leading to a better community. To accomplish this, parents and youths will engaged in cooperative group activities, facilitated group discussions, and skills practice. Families will also be given resources they can reference after the training.
These grant funds can be approved for up to $1,000 per Summer/Family Program agency and used to pay agency reimbursement for materials, goods, services (group transportation, etc), fees (group parking, admission, rental, etc), food/beverages, youth T-shirts (G.R.E.A.T.), needed to implement the agency’s G.R.E.A.T. Officers Building Trust and Community Policing Summer/Family Program.
The law enforcement agency’s grant application (School Service Project) request, narrative MUST include: the name of the G.R.E.A.T. law enforcement agency and participating G.R.E.A.T. Officer(s); the name of all participating schools; the description of the Summer/Family Program activity(s) the G.R.E.A.T. Kids will be participating in; the number of participating kids, officers, teachers, and parents; goals of the program; and a program budget.
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