The G.R.E.A.T. Summer Component is conducted during the time students are not in school. It is an opportunity for G.R.E.A.T. instructors to continue building on the school-based curricula. Although the summer component is most beneficial when used as reinforcement for students who have received the G.R.E.A.T. middle school or elementary school curriculum, students may be selected from other programs or directly from the community.
- To build upon the school-based G.R.E.A.T. curriculum and reinforce its goals by offering youth an opportunity to enhance their social skills
- To give youth positive alternatives to gang involvement
- To improve public/community relations
- To add structured activities to the summer months
- To strengthen law enforcement’s relationship with youth and the community
The summer component is an additional aspect of G.R.E.A.T. that is designed to complement the middle school and elementary school curricula. Although each agency’s summer program may vary in length of time or other organizational elements, all programs must teach G.R.E.A.T. goals and skills. Instruction in G.R.E.A.T. goals and skills, field trips, recreational and educational activities, service projects, and sporting events combine to make an effective G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program. The agency’s program can also form positive community partnerships in the public and private sectors through a variety of community service projects.
The G.R.E.A.T. Summer Component provides each agency with the flexibility to address its particular issues and concerns within the context of lessons, field trips, organizational structure, and presentations to the students. The agency’s individualized program should always be consistent with the goals of the G.R.E.A.T. Program and help students develop life and career skills.
Examples of G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program Activities:
Use of G.R.E.A.T. lessons
Community service projects
Camps, such as:
- Boxing/martial arts
- Space exploration