Success stories

MiraCosta College GEAR UP shares their experience with the program.

A retrospective video on California GEAR UP, a statewide program designed to develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare ALL students for high school and higher education.

GEAR UP Oregon high school students share their thoughts on the importance of college fit and what they're looking for in a college.

GEAR UP Alumni Leaders Calvin Griffen and Jamila Dugas lead other GEAR UP students in discussing how GEAR UP Lafayette (LA) works and how it has left an imprint on their lives.

The official Utah State University STARS! GEAR UP Greenpower event was held at the Utah Motorsports Campus, with 10 F24 Greenpower teams and 3 Goblin teams and it was an exciting day. Although it was a chilly day the teams and volunteers attended with enthusiasm, energy and excitement. The day’s racing did not go without challenges, but despite the technical mishaps the teams displayed team chemistry, sportsmanship and learned ways to improve their cars for future events.

The USU GEAR UP event was made possible by a host of sponsors (Malt-O-Meal, Pepsi, Lays, Macey’s, Smith’s, Utah Salt Flats Racing Association and Utah Sports Car Club of America) that donated to make the event a memorable occasion for all in attendance. The GEAR UP Greenpower Electric Car Challenge is focused on encouraging students as they explore engineering principles. The event is open to schools in the USU STARS! GEAR UP program; which prepares teens—many of whom are potential first-generation college students—for post-secondary education. The goal is to simultaneously get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math, and to pursue the higher education needed for careers in STEM. USU STARS! is a federally funded program that was designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college.

Over the course of three years and with the leadership of a group of committed adults, California GEAR UP, and community partnerships, Vista Middle School transformed from a failing middle school into a thriving Preparatory Academy. The focus of the transformation: creating a school culture centered around student success as the highest priority.

GEAR UP students from Lafayette Parish high school get a taste of college - by hurling (and smashing) cantaloupes with trebuchettes.

GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy, Class of 2014, Hector Araujo introduces U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Opening General Session of the 2014 GradNation Summit titled "Where We Are, Where We Are Going."

Edward Harris Middle School in Elk Grove, CA shares their experience as a GEAR UP school during...

Go behind the scenes as to what makes California GEAR UP event possible.

Upland Junior High School hosts 'March Madness' each year to raise awareness of...

Jefferson Middle School in San Gabriel, CA hosts an annual career fair that includes hundreds of...

Henry T. Gage Middle School in Huntington Park, CA, hosts a year college fair for students...

Low graduation rates and poverty dominate the story of New Mexico education. However, when examined through the lens of rural New Mexican students, a dynamic and more complex set of human narratives emerge – of deep family ties, perseverance, cultural traditions, bridging worlds, personal struggle and success.

GEAR UP 4 LA believes in working with our partners to improve the lives of our students and their community. Watch our tutors explain why tutoring is one of the best jobs around... and how it impacts their own life.


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