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Funding is NOW available for TWO open GRANTS GRANT #1 – “MAKING MY SCHOOL A G.R.E.A.T. PLACE” PROJECT GRANT

In support of the G.R.E.A.T. Middle School Curriculum, this grant is to be used solely to implement and complete the “Making My School a G.R.E.A.T. Place” school service project. These projects will have a significant community impact insofar as they will serve as avenues for the students to demonstrate their skills in positive communication, judgment, behavior, decision making, and concern for others through sharing and taking ownership in their school and community. The project will serve as a bridge connecting G.R.E.A.T. youth, law enforcement, the school, and the community through positive, interactive experiences.

GRANT #2 – G.R.E.A.T. OFFICERS BUILDING TRUST AND COMMUNITY POLICING SUMMER PROGRAM GRANT (Made possible by Motorola Solutions Foundation)

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1, 2017.

These grant funds can be approved for up to $1,000 per G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program/per agency and used to pay agency reimbursement for materials, goods, services (group transportation, etc.), fees (group parking, admission, rental, etc.), food/beverages, and youth T-shirts (G.R.E.A.T.) needed to implement the agency's G.R.E.A.T. Summer/Families Program. The G.R.E.A.T. Summer Component is an opportunity for G.R.E.A.T. instructors to continue building on the middle and elementary school curricula during the time when students are not in school, providing youths with an opportunity to bond with law enforcement officers while giving youths positive alternatives to gang involvement and adding structured activities to the summer months.

For more information on HOW TO APPLY for either grant, visit the G.R.E.A.T. Foundation, Inc. (GFI) website at http://greatfoundationinc.org/funding-programs/school-service-project/.

2017 G.R.E.A.T. Training Conference

G.R.E.A.T.'s first training conference in Central America was held in Panama City, Panama, January 25−27, 2017. There were 234 attendees, including G.R.E.A.T. instructors from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama. While G.R.E.A.T. routinely holds trainings in Central America that are provided in both English and Spanish languages simultaneously, this conference was the first of its magnitude since the Program began in Central America in 2009. The G.R.E.A.T. vision statement, “Building Safer Communities One Child at a Time,” was the theme for this conference, which included five plenary sessions, 20 breakout sessions, and a networking session for each country. Several guest highlights included a welcome by Kevin O’Reilly, Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Panama; two youths who gave testimony of how the G.R.E.A.T. Program has changed their lives; and youth who performed a traditional Panamanian folk dance called “El Punto.” Also, Carlos “Famoso” Hernández, a Salvadoran-American super featherweight boxing world champion, and his wife, Verónica, were keynote speakers.

To view photos from the conference, click here.

Panama Police Launch Unique Community Outreach Program

The National Police of Panama works with many programs, including the G.R.E.A.T. Program, with the goal of protecting the nation’s youth from drugs, gangs, and violence. Each year, the Ninth District of the National Police, in Veraguas Province, selects a student who participates in one of its prevention programs to receive special assistance. The student selected must be making efforts to perform well in school despite living in precarious conditions. The police build a new home for the student and his or her family. In November 2016, the National Police of Panama chose Analida Virola García, a G.R.E.A.T. student. The following video shows the conditions in which the family was living prior to the project, the officers building the house, and the finished project. There is also a statement of thanks from the G.R.E.A.T. student. This is a very impressive project and certainly a wonderful way for the police to build goodwill in the communities in which they serve.

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Make My School A G.R.E.A.T. Place/School Service Project Grants

Middle School G.R.E.A.T. Officers: APPLY TODAY for financial assistance for your G.R.E.A.T. students’ Make My School A G.R.E.A.T. Place/School Service Project.

In support of the G.R.E.A.T. Middle School curriculum, these grants are to be used solely to implement and complete the Make My School A G.R.E.A.T. Place/School Service Project. These projects will have a significant community impact in so far as they will serve as avenues for the kids to demonstrate using skills in positive communication, judgment, behavior, decision making, and concern for others through sharing and taking ownership in their community. The project will serve as a bridge connecting G.R.E.A.T. youth, law enforcement, teachers, and the community through positive, interactive experiences. For more information on HOW TO APPLY for a Make My School A G.R.E.A.T. Place/School Service Project grant, visit the G.R.E.A.T. Foundation, Inc (GFI) website at http://greatfoundationinc.org/funding-programs/school-service-project/.

WPD Helps Local Youth at Annual G.R.E.A.T. Camp

News Release from Woodburn Police
Posted on FlashAlert: June 24th, 2016 10:55 AM
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This week Woodburn Police Officers Craig Halupowski and Bill Nightingale conducted the annual G.R.E.A.T Summer Camp, which saw 20 youth successfully complete the program this year. G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training and is a national program that relies on evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed curriculum.

"It is the only evidence-based program that actually results in kids making good choices to avoid violence, stay away from gangs and respect authority," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris, who has sat on the national policy board of G.R.E.A.T. since 2003. "It is a national program, but it works like a local program and allows our officers to positively interact with youth at an early age."

The weeklong course took place this week at Valor Middle School and each child who completed the camp gets to go to Big Al's in Beaverton as a reward.

The Woodburn Police Department would like to thank Woodburn Proud and the Woodburn School District for their partnership with this program.

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