Choose Gang Free
Granite School District collaborates with Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit to provide the Choose Gang Free prevention program to fifth graders in participating GSD schools. Choose Gang Free is designed to actively engage students in learning about the consequences of gang membership and how they are in control of their own choices. The program goal is to empower students to set goals, identify dangerous or risky situations, and to know who to go to if they need help. The objectives include acquire self-knowledge, demonstrate skills for goal setting, and demonstrate skills for decision-making.
Students participate in 10, one-hour, weekly lessons to learn about gangs, common gang identifiers, risky behaviors, gang’s impact on family and community, how to avoid becoming gang involved, setting positive goals for their future, and how to get involved in positive alternative activities. During these lessons, the students track their learning in Choose Gang Free notebooks and engage in organized discussions about the topic/lesson of the week. At the end of the 10-week session, the students participate in a “graduation” and receive recognition for completing the Choose Gang Free program.