Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces Gang Prevention Grant for Buffalo Schools
September 22, 2006
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the City of Buffalo will receive a $21,600 Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) grant, from the United States Department of Justice, aimed at reducing gang pressure and youth violence in Buffalo Schools.
“This program will help children in Buffalo schools avoid the gang trap by teaching effective communication, decision making, conflict resolution, how to handle peer pressure and other essential life skills,” said Congressman Higgins.
Buffalo intends to use the federal funding to dedicate two school resource officers from the Buffalo Police Department to teach the GREAT anti-gang curriculum.  The resource officers will teach the classes to approximately 300 sixth grade students at School 79, School 18, West Hertel Academy and Harvey Austin School (P.S. 97).  During the summer months, the resource officers will present an anti-gang and anti-violence summer program in two designated “safe havens” located in Buffalo’s Weed and Seed Program areas on the East and West Sides of Buffalo. 
 GREAT’s violence prevention curriculum helps students develop values and practice behaviors that will assist them to avoid destructive activities.  The goal of the GREAT program is to train law enforcement officers to provide instruction to students in life skills competencies, gang awareness, and anti-violence techniques.  Since its inception in 1991, over 8,000 law enforcement officers have been certified as G.R.E.A.T. instructors and more than four million students have graduated from the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

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