October 01, 2014 15:25
Today, October 1, 2014, is the first annual "Choose to be G.R.E.A.T. Day" across the United States. In recognition of the national event, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber issued a proclamation on August 19, 2014, encouraging all Oregonians to join in this observance.
G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
The G.R.E.A.T. Families program is a research-based, family-strengthening program consisting of a six-session family curriculum and a family/community resource guide. By linking a practical curriculum to a process of enga