Evaluating Great

Evaluating Great - reduce delinquent behavior I would agree...

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Przybylski “Evaluating G.R.E.A.T.” This article discussed the program GREAT which stands for, Gang Resistance Education and Training. This program is aimed at middle school aged students and seeks to; reduce their involvement in gangs and delinquent behavior, teach them consequences of gang involvement, and help them develop positive relations with law enforcement. Over all the GREAT program has had modest positive results. The problem is that the GREAT program only met two of the three objectives. It developed positive relations with law enforcement and greater awareness of the consequences of gang involvement, but failed to reduce gang membership and delinquent behavior was not met. The program has a great goal and is for the right age group of when the peer pressure plays a major role in life, but the GREAT program alone will not keep children out of gangs or
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Unformatted text preview: reduce delinquent behavior. I would agree with the article in that the program has good intentions, but is unable to do it alone. GREAT is a good back bone for other programs to build off of. I remember going through the GREAT program, and I enjoyed it but I don’t think that many of the students really took it very seriously. I’m sure that it has improved since I went through it, but another question is the program doing enough for the cost of it. Are there ways to improve the program to better our children and our community? Another program that maybe should be combined with the GREAT program would include DARE, although I’m not even sure if that one is used as much as it was years ago. Overall I think these programs are important for a safe community and as a way to keep our schools safe and such....
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course SOC 314 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Winona.

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