Representative Scott Announces Funding for Gang Resistance Training in Clayton County Schools
U.S. Representative David Scott (GA-13) announced today that the Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded $150,000 in grants to Clayton County Public Schools for the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program.
“Violent crimes have been on the rise in Clayton County since 2000 and like many of my constituents, I am very concerned about gang violence and its penetration of schools in the area,” said Rep. Scott. “I am committed to providing Clayton County with the resources it needs to combat crime and gang violence, and I will continue to work to protect our communities from such violent activity.”
The G.R.E.A.T. program is a life-skills competency program designed to provide students with the skills they need to avoid gang pressure and youth violence. The G.R.E.A.T. program’s violence prevention curriculum teaches character development and techniques so students learn how to avoid self-destructive activities.
Clayton County Public Schools will use the grant funds for more than 6,200 students attending 16 elementary schools and all middle schools in the county. High-risk students referred by school officials, school counselors, parents, police, social workers and probation officers will be selected for participation in a special preventative outreach and after school program.