GREAT grant ARCHS

Funder: U.S. Department of Justice

Award Amount: $89,000 (FY2009-FY2012)

Topic: Provide life skills and mentoring program to underserved students

ARCHS collaborated with area police agencies and school districts to meet all milestones and performance measures in implementing a national gang prevention program for elementary and middle school students from the urban core of St. Louis.

Uniformed police officers, trained by GREAT in the national curriculum, taught the weekly lessons during the school day for students and their classroom teachers, and taught the families component during the summer for select students and their parents.

More than 4,300 at-risk students were served.

The vast majority of surveyed students and parents agreed that GREAT graduates increased their positive attitudes about anti-gang, law enforcement, conflict management, and decision making.

Additional survey results showed that 100% of police officers agreed that they themselves learned new information about gang prevention in the professional development trainings and would apply what they learned in their law enforcement work.

Graphic: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 2, 2007