June 4, 2009
The San Francisco Police Department Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program will be graduating approximately 200 A. P. Giannini Middle School students on Friday, June 5, at A. P. Giannini Middle School, 3151 Ortega Street at 38th Avenue, in the school auditorium at 11:00 A.M.
The goal of the GREAT program is to help youth avoid gang membership, violence, and delinquent behavior by learning the skills to resist gang pressure and to develop a positive relationship with law enforcement.
The GREAT middle school curriculum was designed for grades 6 and 7 middle school students. The program is taught in the classrooms by specially trained uniformed law enforcement officers. Results show that the GREAT program successfully reduces risk factors associated with gang membership and delinquency.
During the 2008-09 school year, the department's six GREAT-certified officers reached over 2,000 students in the middle and elementary school programs. Participating schools included Aptos, James Denman, Everett, Francisco, A.P. Giannini, Horace Mann, James Lick, Martin Luther King, George Moscone, Presidio, Sanchez, and Visitaction Valley.
For more information, please contact:
Officer Deborah Neil
Youth Services Unit
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103