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Growing a GEAR UP Staff: Lessons Learned Over Three Grant Cycles Is your grant stuck in second gear? Join us as we explore our journey from the creation of our shared vision of the GEAR UP child to the common language among staff. Presenters will discuss the professional development cycle used to help staff meet kids where they are. Explore the tools used to build a shared vision, improve college access knowledge, develop staff leadership, and analyze data to ultimately increase college persistence. Participants will examine their personal story to develop their grant’s vision of a GEAR UP child and begin their own staff development journey.

Speakers: Micaela Vazquez-Hahn, Program Director, GEAR UP 4 LA, Los Angeles, CA; Janicia Centeno-Castillo, Program Coordinator, GEAR UP 4 LA, Los Angeles, CA; Sharon West, Program Coordinator, GEAR UP 4 LA, Los Angeles, CA