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Concurrent Session #34 (Monday, July 21, 2014)

Whole Student, Special/Summer Programs

Changing the college going culture in poverty stricken schools and communities can be arduous. The initial lack of accurate college-access and financial aid knowledge makes navigating the higher education process particularly challenging.  Having prepared our students through intensive and continual leadership development programming from an early age, they have become West Virginia GEAR UP's most powerful and effective agents of change within our service areas.  Participants will receive a framework detailing the multiple facets of our leadership development program, specifically highlighting our annual Student Leadership Academy, and will work creatively to develop their own leadership development program models.

Jason R. Luyster, West Virginia GEAR UP Central Regional Coordinator, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Charleston, WV
Elizabeth Manuel, West Virginia GEAR UP Southwestern Regional Coordinator, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Logan, WV
Melissa Gattuso, West Virginia GEAR UP Southern Regional Coordinator, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Athens, WV