Collaboration is key to GEAR UP 4 LA’s success. As such, we have built strong partnerships with colleges and universities, businesses, and a wide range of community-based organizations to increase academic performance, foster college and career readiness, and promote financial aid awareness among first-generation students and their families. We are proud to partner with the following entities.
All Aboard Tours introduces GEAR UP students and their families to life on college campuses in California and out of state to increase early college awareness and help them think about college fit.
The Chicano-a Latino-a Educational Foundation (CLEF) helps families navigate the college preparation, application, and financial aid process and provides workshops, trainings, career academies, and writing bootcamps.
East Los Angeles College (ELAC) emphasizes career technical education for middle and high school students, highlighting career pathways through bootcamps, dual enrollment, and the Jaime Escalante Math program.
Families in Schools helps first-generation families develop college-going mindsets and overcome success barriers through workshops and trainings from middle school through the transition to college.
Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) provides career technical education, college visits, Career Pathways Academies, parent college visits, dual enrollment, mentor camps, and first year advising.
Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) supports career technical educational opportunities, parent college visits, STEAM pathway dual enrollment, and free English and CTE classes for parents.
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) advances college access through advocacy, training, and research, developing tools and resources to provide educational opportunities for all students.
Occidental College’s (OXY) Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) is an integral partner that hires a portion of our staff and enriches students’ experience through college tours, mentor camps, and family events.
Proof Learners Ultimately Succeed with Motivation and Education (PLUS ME) empowers students and parents to discover, develop, and share their own personal narratives and build confidence.
Via this two-way text messaging platform, GEAR UP teams aim to improve college access, outreach, and engagement by delivering personalized and group text messages with important reminders to students and parents.
The Southern California College Attainment Network (SoCal Can) advocates for low-income, first-generation students to access and complete a college degree and shares effective practices with educators.
Student Success Agency pairs GEAR UP students with near-peer mentors to provide one-on-one support, including academic, college advising, motivation, and career prep via smart phones.
Texas Instruments provides professional development and coaching for teachers and staff to enhance instructional practices with a STEM focus, content knowledge, rigor, and technology integration.
UC Merced’s support services include a leadership weekend, overnight campus visits, enrollment coaches, a parent night, UC application workshops, support for students who enroll in the university, and more. Staff also take part in its High School Educator program.