There are few necessary costs associated with implementing the G.R.E.A.T. Program.
G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training Certification Course—provided free.
need to be faxed to the G.R.E.A.T. National Program Office. The training is provided
to qualified officers through a federal government grant, so the only costs for
officers to attend the training will be travel and subsistence costs. If officers
attend a regular regional training site (Nashville, Phoenix, La Crosse,
Portland), lodging is provided as well. Lodging is not normally provided at
remote locations (any training site other than the ones listed above).
G.R.E.A.T. Students Handbooks—provided
Certified G.R.E.A.T. instructors can order student handbooks using their
online or a
faxable order form. The
handbooks (significant and necessary tools needed for each student) are provided
free of cost through a federal grant.
G.R.E.A.T. Student Graduation Certificate—provided
Student graduation certificates, ready for personalization and presentation to each
student at the conclusion of the course, are included with each handbook order.
Certificates are also provided through a federal grant, at no cost to the local
G.R.E.A.T. Incentives (pens, bags, T-shirts)—varying
Motivational items to encourage students and build positive identity with the G.R.E.A.T.
Program can be ordered by the G.R.E.A.T. instructor’s agency from
vendors. Once the initial training is accomplished, the basic classroom
programs (whether in middle school, elementary school, or both) have almost no necessary
costs, if personnel coverage is not an issue. Some agencies like to provide incentive
items to boost the involvement and interest of youths, such as T-shirts or G.R.E.A.T.
pencils and pens. Such items are available at relatively low costs from G.R.E.A.T.-licensed
vendors and are entirely optional.
As with most projects, personnel costs are often the biggest obstacle. Since the
G.R.E.A.T. Program is officer-instructed, an officer (or officers) must be made
available to teach the Program. Because taking time to be in the classroom and school
setting may take the officer away from other duties, it may be necessary to add
personnel or use overtime in order to cover the G.R.E.A.T. instructor’s responsibilities
while he/she is in the classroom.
Some communities have been able to avoid this by having school resource officers
teach the G.R.E.A.T. Program in the school(s) where they are already assigned. Depending
on their duty assignments, they may be able to work the classes into their existing
schedules without the need for additional coverage. When necessary, additional personnel
costs may be covered by certain federal grants or through state or local resources.
G.R.E.A.T. Families and Summer Programs—varying
The more advanced elements of the Program, the G.R.E.A.T. Families component and
the G.R.E.A.T. Summer program, are likely to entail additional costs for things
such as food and transportation. Again, those components are optional and are not
necessary to implement the school-based curriculum. Agencies that do utilize them
often do so in partnership with other community agencies, such as Boys & Girls Clubs,
which helps to spread both the responsibilities and the costs.