Better Make Room Student Spotlight!

BMR Takeover series, short for “Better Make Room Takeover”, started last year as a way to highlight remarkable high school and college student stories, many of whom are overcoming obstacles to further their education past high school. Every week,  a student shares their story in their own words across Better Make Room’s social media platforms… Read More

Ed Trust-West: Inequities Facing Latino Students

California’s Latino students are the majority in our schools – over 3 million Latino students attend public K-12 schools in California. At the higher education level, there are nearly 1 million Latino students in California public colleges and universities. Yet despite this growing majority, a new report from The Education Trust–West says we’ve got work… Read More

Parent Involvement in Education

A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics provided information about various aspects of parent involvement in education gleaned from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016. Respondents answered questions about topics such as helping children with homework, family activities, and parent involvement at school.

Students’ Mindset Can Make their School Career

Students who believe in themselves and have parents and teachers who believe in them tend to make their dreams of college and career come true.  Sometimes called non-cognitive skills, soft skills, or growth mindset, these beliefs play a role in helping students focus on academic rigor. Ongoing research suggests that students need to develop positive… Read More

National GEAR UP Week

September 21, 2015 – September 25 GEAR UP 4 LA will join thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of our hard work and dedication! Designed as a week to raise awareness in our community about the positive impact GEAR UP… Read More

Maria Kristina Ballon: A Filipina at a Conference for Chicanas

Name: Maria Kristina Ballon GEAR UP 4 LA School: Belmont High School Summer Program: Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP) The mission of Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP) is to better inform high school students about challenges in their community and inspire people to make differences. Throughout the conference many experienced Latinos shared their unique stories with… Read More

Gabriela Aquije Quiroga: Future California Leader

Name: Gabriela Aquije Quiroga GEAR UP 4 LA School: Belmont High School, 11th grade Summer Program: CLYLP (Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project) – Los Angeles Institute The word frightened and intimidated cannot do justice to how I felt on August 7th, 2015, the day the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project began. However, the sweaty hands, unstable legs, and accelerated… Read More