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Youth share and reinforce G.R.E.A.T. values in a camp organized by the Panama National Police

The Panama National Police recently executed its G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program for 2018, and it was an amazing success. Under the leadership of Captain Stefanie Anorio, G.R.E.A.T. Instructor Jonathan Canto, with a team of 28 G.R.E.A.T. instructors, worked with over 100 youth to reinforce the G.R.E.A.T. skills that were taught during the school year. These students came from throughout Panama to participate in this G.R.E.A.T. summer camp. Over the course of three days and two nights, the students participated in team-building exercises, learned about the value of making good decisions, and strengthened their relationships with these law enforcement officers. Click here to learn more about this successful G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program.

G.R.E.A.T. Program 2017 in Honduras

Throughout 2017, the G.R.E.A.T. Program in Honduras made enormous strides. Nearly 87,000 students from 276 schools across 17 departments of Honduras graduated from the Program. In addition, the G.R.E.A.T. Program in Honduras saw an increase of 88 new certified G.R.E.A.T. instructors! With the growth of certified instructors comes the ability to reach more schools and communities. In 2017, G.R.E.A.T. Honduras saw 52 school/community-based projects funded and hosted 26 G.R.E.A.T. Summer Programs, reaching a total of 2,600 at-risk youth. Please join us in congratulating the G.R.E.A.T. Program in Honduras for achieving such tremendous success over the past year. Click here to view a short video that captures some of the 2017 G.R.E.A.T. accomplishments in Honduras!

G.R.E.A.T. Program Updates for Central America

No updates or new information related to the G.R.E.A.T. Program in Central America can be added to the G.R.E.A.T. website at this time. Current funding for the Central America G.R.E.A.T. Program has expired. Operations will resume if future funding is awarded.

G.R.E.A.T. Success: Honduras G.R.E.A.T. Program

Two major aims of the G.R.E.A.T. Program are (1) providing youth with the skills they need to avoid gangs and violence and (2) improving relationships between youth and the law enforcement officers in their communities. The G.R.E.A.T. Program in Honduras has been working very hard over the past seven years to achieve those aims and has been very successful in their efforts. To date, more than 160,000 Honduran children have participated in the G.R.E.A.T. Program and more than 116 instructors have been trained to teach this Program nationwide. Click here to read more about the success of the G.R.E.A.T. Program in Honduras.

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Law Enforcement Uses G.R.E.A.T. to Deter Gang Membership

In an effort to deter youth from joining gangs, like MS-13, law enforcement is turning more and more to gang prevention programs to offer a sense of community to youth who are potentially at risk. Click here to view a news clip of how the Suffolk County, New York, Sheriff's Office is utilizing the G.R.E.A.T. Program to prevent youth violence and gang joining while providing positive influences and a sense of belonging to its community’s youth.

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