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Preventing Youth Gang Involvement with G.R.E.A.T.

ByDana Peterson, Finn-Aage Esbensen

The Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program is a gang and delinquency prevention program delivered by law enforcement offi cers within a school setting. The program was originally designed by Phoenix-area law enforcement agencies in 1991 to address local needs, but it was quickly adopted by communities across the United States. Following a 1995-2001 national evaluation revealing little program eff ect on key goals, the core middle school curriculum was revised extensively in the early 2000s. It is currently the most widely disseminated school-based gang prevention program in the United States. This chapter describes the G.R.E.A.T. program, including its foundation, evolution, and goals. It also presents shortterm fi ndings from the current national evaluation that provide initial evidence that the revised middle school curriculum is benefi cial to youths, schools, and communities. Finally, limitations of the G.R.E.A.T. approach to youth gang prevention are discussed.