Youth Rise Project continues in San Ignacio Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

The Youth Rise Project in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation has teamed up with the San Ignacio and Santa Elena branch of the Community Policing Unit to host another cycle of the Gang Resistance Education and Training GREAT Families Program. For the third time a session was held on Friday, this time at the San Ignacio Police Station.

GREAT Families is a research based program which uses group interaction, activities and skills practice to engage parents and children in meaningful conversation for positive change, with the ultimate goal to create a positive environment to foster safe and healthy family growth. Seven families, totaling thirty-five participants, are currently participating in the six-week program. The families were selected from the various schools in the San Ignacio-Santa Elena area where their children had previously received the GREAT lessons program. During the weekly sessions, the families will cover topics such as improving family relationships, rules and discipline, communications, technology and bullying.

The Gang Resistance Education and Training, was developed by the Phoenix Police Department in the United States to reduce gang activity. It has been implemented in schools in Belize by the Community Policing Unit of the Police Department since 2010.