Bridgeport resident Maysoun Chawiche, a graduate of that city's Central High School, has been chosen to participate in the inaugural GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy.
GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally funded college access and success program that serves approximately 700,000 low-income students across 43 states and 3 territories.
The academy is a new 12-month leadership development program for alumni of GEAR UP. Chawiche was one of 30 young leaders who were selected from a nationwide pool of candidates.
This region is served by the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership, a collaboration of the Yale University School of Medicine and Bridgeport Public Schools. Nearly 2,900 students are enrolled in the program.