Students Graduate Sheriff’s Office Youth Leadership, G.R.E.A.T. Programs
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office wants to congratulate each of the 206 students who successfully completed the Sheriff’s Office Youth Leadership Program and Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program during the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year.
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Youth Leadership Program, inspired by Sheriff Mike Roberson, is a program based upon the core values of the Sheriff’s Office, including: Fairness, Integrity, Teamwork, Leadership, Community, and Professionalism. The program emphasizes building strong communication and decision-making skills to help prepare today’s youth for future success. The 14-week program currently targets 7th graders within the Chatham County School System before they reach the prime age range for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior.
The Youth Leadership Program also incorporates the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Program, which is an effective, evidence-based gang and violence prevention program built around school-based classroom curricula. G.R.E.A.T. is intended as immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership before they become at-risk. In Chatham County, each Youth Leadership and G.R.E.A.T. class is personally instructed by a Sheriff’s Office deputy, which also helps build positive relationships between students and law enforcement personnel.
Participating schools include Chatham Charter School, Bonlee Elementary School, Silk Hope Elementary School, J.S. Waters Elementary School, Moncure Elementary School, and Bennett Elementary School.