Maya Angelou Community High School

r. Maya Angelou Community High School

Welcome to the GEAR UP program at Maya Angelou Community High School! We believe that all students can and will succeed, and we are honored to be part of your high school journey and support your ongoing success. We are here to enhance your academic, emotional, and social learning and provide you with a variety of programs to help you explore exciting careers and postsecondary opportunities that best fit what you envision for your future. Still we rise. Go Phoenix!

Contact GEAR UP

Email: [email protected]
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday - Friday 3:30 - 4:30 in Room 3-121
Office phone: (323) 636-3592


Mario Loeza

Site Coordinator

Elson Wong


Maria Perez Bugarin

Academic Advisor


We, GEAR UP and Maya Angelou Community High School, support ALL students!

See how LAUSD and GEAR UP have committed to support our LGBTQ+ students and families.

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9th and 10th graders can get 1-on-1 tutoring online on almost any subject in English or Spanish.  Get the homework help you need any time.  All 9th and 10th graders already have an account. Just go to and use your LAUSD Id# as your user name and the password: GEARUP3.  If you want help on your phone, just aim your camera at the QR code and follow the link.  If you need any support, you can see Ms. Perez. Ms. Martinez, or Mr. Loeza in the GEAR UP office.

Get Vaccinated!

COVID-19 Vaccinations Required – unless exemptions apply — for all eligible Los Angeles Unified Students ages 12 and older by January 12, 2022.  For more information please call (213) 443-1300.

  • Vaccines prevent diseases that can be dangerous, or even deadly.
  • They work with your body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection from a disease.
  • A vaccine helps your immune system to produce anti-bodies.


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Se requieren vacunas COVID-19, a menos que se apliquen exenciones, para todos los estudiantes elegibles del Unificado de Los Ángeles de 12 años o más antes del 12 de enero de 2022.  Para obtener más información, llame al (213) 443-1300.

  • Las vacunas previenen enfermedades que pueden ser peligrosas, o incluso mortales.
  • Trabajan con las defensas naturales de su cuerpo para desarrollar de manera segura la protección contra una enfermedad.
  • Una vacuna ayuda a su sistema inmunológico a producir anticuerpos.
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Vision Clinics/Clínica de visión

Offering free eye exams and glasses for LAUSD students.

Ofreciendo exámenes de los ojos y lentes gratis para los estudiantes de LAUSD.

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Student and Family Wellness Hotline

Wellness Hotline
(School Days M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Call for consultation, support, and referrals for Caregivers, Parents, Students, and Staff.

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Línea Telefónica de Bienestar para Estudiantes y Familias

Llame para Bienestar para Estudiantes y Familias
(lunes a viernes de
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Para los padres de familias, estudiantes, y educadores. Llame para consultas, apoyo y referencias

Announcement info is available during WINTER BREAK

Don’t forget to use your account over winter break –
It’s available 24/7!
Username: 10-digit LAUSD ID number
Password: GEARUP3
If you are having difficulty accessing your account, please email Jill Manning ([email protected]).

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LA Metro GoPass Program

Metro is partnering with your child’s school to offer students a GoPass with unlimited rides at no cost on Metro bus and rail, Culver CityBus, LADOT Dash, Montebello Bus, Norwalk Transit and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus. Using the special GoPass TAP card provided by their school, your child can ride for free to and from school and on trips after school and on weekends, now through June 30, 2023. Even if your child is already part of the TAP K-12 Reduced Fare program, they will need to pick up a new GoPass TAP card from their school to register in the portal.

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Programa LA Metro GoPass

Metro se esta asociando con la escuela de su hijo para ofrecer a los estudiantes un GoPass sin costo en los autobuses y trenes de Metro, Culver CityBus, LADOT Dash, Montebello Bus, Norwalk Transit y Santa Monica Big Blue Bus. Con la tarjeta GoPass TAP provista por la escuela, su hijo puede viajar gratis hacia y desde la escuela y en viajes después de la escuela y los fines de semana, desde ahora hasta el 30 de junio de 2023. Si su hijo ya es parte del programa de tarifas reducidas TAP K-12, necesitará recoger una nueva tarjeta GoPass TAP de su escuela para registrarse en el portal.

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The Intern Project (TIP)-El Proyecto de Pasantía (TIP)

The Intern Project (TIP), which connects LA County public high school students with the chance to work in dynamic career areas. Students have worked in fields like Arts, Media & Entertainment, Engineering & Tech, Business, Government/Non-Profit/Philanthropy, and Healthcare & Medical Technology.
Applications are open!
Apply here:
Deadline to apply: March 13th, 2022 at 11:59pm PST.

El Proyecto de Pasantía (TIP), que conecta a los estudiantes de escuelas secundarias públicas del Condado de Los Ángeles con la oportunidad de trabajar en áreas profesionales dinámicas. Los estudiantes han trabajado en campos como Artes, Medios y Entretenimiento, Ingeniería y Tecnología, Negocios, Gobierno / Sin Fines de Lucro / Filantropía y Salud y Tecnología Médica.
¡Las solicitudes están abiertas!
Aplicar aquí:
Fecha límite para postular: 13 de marzo de 2022 a las 11:59 pm PST.


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LA City Youth Council Opportunity

The Opportunity

The Olivia Mitchell LA City Youth Council is accepting applications for it’s first citywide cohort. This council seats 30 empowered youth from across the City who serve a one-year term. During their term, members learn about the inner working of local government, drive special community projects and civic events, and make policy and budget recommendations to elected and civic leaders of the City to improve the well-being, safety and achievement of young Angelenos.

The City’s Youth Development Department (YDD) and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (EmpowerLA) oversee the LA City Youth Council, which honors the legacy of a public servant and living icon, Olivia Mitchell, whose passion for mentoring young Angelenos and love for our City has inspired countless government and community leaders over several decades


APPLY HERE: LA City Youth Council | LA City Youth Council

Hire LA's Youth - SUMMER JOBS!

Hire LA’s Youth is offering virtual and in-person jobs for young people between the ages of 14 to 24, who live in the City of Los Angeles and meet the eligibility requirements.

They are accepting applications for Summer 2022, now.

Come to the GEARUP Office in room 3-102 or go to: and apply.

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Youth Leaders Empowered Active and Diverse

YLEAD, empowered by CDtech, is a social and economic justice program led by the Black and Brown high school youth.  YLEAD develops grassroots campaigns that identify systemic changes necessary to create career and economic opportunities for our South Central Los Angeles community.  Go to for more information or come to the GEARUP offices in room 3-102 for a packet and support in completing your application.  There are zoom meetings for more information on Feb 19 & 26 and March 5th & 12th.


YLEAD, empoderado por CDtech, es un programa de justicia social y económica dirigido por jóvenes Afro-Americanos y Latinos de preparatoria.  YLEAD desarolla campañas de base que identifican los cambios sistémicos necesarios para crear oportunidades profesionales y económicas parar nuestra comunidad South Central de Los Angeles.

Para mas información, favor de visitar el salón 3-102 de GEARUP o mandar un coreo electrónico a Sra. Perez a [email protected] or a Sra. Martinez a [email protected].  Habra oportunidades de ir a juntas de Zoom en el 19 & 26 de febrero or el 5 & 12 de marzo.



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Free Community College- LA College Promise | Escuela Communitaria Gratis-LA College Promise

Attend community college for FREE with the LA College Promise- Info Sessions: March 9th, April 13th, & May 11th (5:30pm-6:30pm)

Asista a la universidad comunitaria GRATIS con “LA College Promise”-Session Informativa: Marzo 9, April 13, Mayo 11 (5:30pm-6:30pm)

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The Obama and Maya GEAR UP Team

The Obama and Maya Team is here to be a resource to our students, families, and school staffs.  Please reach out to us with any questions. Thank you.

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Minds Matter - Southern California


At Minds Matter Southern California (formerly Minds Matter Los Angeles), we know you’re a high achiever.
Your grades are good, you do well in school while juggling all the other things you have going on in your life, and
you may even have some big dreams. College, A career. Financial stability. Taking care of your loved ones.
What you may not have are the resources, support, and knowledge of how to start on that future.

That’s where Minds Matter comes in. 100% of our graduates have been accepted to college with scholarships.
We’ll connect you to the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college, create your future, and
change the world. And the best part is Minds Matter is free to you and your family.



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The Teen Talk Line

Need to talk?  The Teen Call Line is here to provide confidential and non-judgmental help.  If you need to talk, call:

(844) 810-0062

  • Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Summer Animation Bootcamp for future Animators FREE

Greetings Future Animators! Would you like to get PAID $12 a day AND learn how to make animation and cartoons for FREE??

You’re INVITED to JOIN the 2022 Animation Summer Boot Camp at Los Angeles City College. 

Over 5 weeks, you will learn the process of making an animated short film! You’ll get to work in a group and do character designs, storyboards, 3d modeling, editing, sound design and see a rough cut animatic of your group’s movie.


Earn 6 transferrable college units!  Do hands-on activities, guest speakers, and field trips! Plus, you earn a stipend of $12 a DAY over five weeks!


The Animation Summer Camp runs from July 5 to August 5, 2022.  

Sign-up on the google list below:


Summer 2022 Dual Enrollment | Doble Matrícula Verano 2022

The Dual Enrollment Program is an accelerated program that allows qualified students to fulfill high school graduation requirements while simultaneously gaining college credits. Please come to the GEARUP office for more information.

El Programa de Inscripción Dual es un programa acelerado que permite a los estudiantes calificados cumplir con los requisitos de graduación de la escuela secundaria mientras obtienen simultáneamente créditos universitarios.  Porfavor llegar a la officicna de GEARUP para mas ifnformacion.

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FREE Internet & Laptops | GRATIS Internet y Computadoras

The District is offering FREE internet connectivity and laptops for all students that needs access beyond the school day. Please apply to:

For more information- Please visit 2328 S St James Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90007- on May 21st, 2022 from 8am-1pm

El distrito ofrece conectividad a Internet y computadoras GRATIS para todos los estudiantes que necesitan acceso mas alla del dia escolar. Porfavor aplique ahora en:

Para mas informacion- Porfavor visitar 2328 S St James Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90007- el 21 de Mayo, 2022 de 8am-1pm available during the Summer | disponible durante el Verano 9th and 10th grade students please make sure you use this FREE service during the Summer! You can use their LAUSD ID number to log in.  All students, will use the password: GEARUP3 to log on and get help in English or Spanish. This is a FREE service. You can get 1 on 1 help from a tutor online. estudiantes de 9º y 10º grado porfavor por favor, asegúrese de utilizar este servicio GRATUITO durante el verano! pueden usar su número de identificación lausd para iniciar sesión.  Todos los estudiantes, utilizarán la contraseña: GEARUP3 para iniciar sesión y obtener ayuda en inglés o español. Este es un servicio GRATUITO. Puede obtener ayuda 1 a 1 de un tutor en línea.

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Peer Mentors Unite!
Oct 30, 2021 - Jun 3, 2022
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 3-102

The Peer Mentors have been selected and accepted.  Here is the schedule for the remaining part of the first semester.  If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, look for new opportunities to join in 2022!  Peer Mentors, we will see you at lunch.  Look for messages in Schoology.

Ya tenemos nuestros menotres.  Aqui esta el horario de las primeras juntas del semestre.  Si tienen interes en ser un mentor, habra oportunidades el proximo semestre del 2022.  Mentores, nos venemus durante almuerzo.  Esperen mensajes en Schoology.

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Paseo Virtual a UCLA
Jan 27, 2022 - Jan 27, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Meeting ID: 876 6137 2905
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  • ENERO 27, 2022
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 876 6137 2905
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Paseo Virtual a LATTC
Jan 21, 2022 - Jan 21, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ID de Zoom: 882 4677 7063


Clases universitarias gratuitas
Clases de automotriz
Carreras tecnicas
Clases para adultos (ALAS)
Clases de cosmetologia
Matricula doble para estudiantes de

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UCLA Virtual Trip
Feb 3, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ID: 853 1467 8793

Take a virtual tour of the UCLA campus and discover all the wonderful opportunities one of the nation’s top universities has to offer!

February 3rd (6pm-8pm)

ID: 853 1467 8793

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College Road Trip!
Apr 11, 2022 - Apr 11, 2022
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
University of California, Irvine

Attention Sophomores!  Do you have a GPA of 2.5 or better?  If you are fully vaccinated and ready to take a road trip to UC Irvine…then go to the GEARUP Office in room 3-102 and Mr. Wong, Ms. Perez, or Ms. Martinez for an application.  There are only five spots available and the deadline to turn in all your paperwork is March 11, 2022.  So if you want to visit the home of Anteaters, then apply today for GEARUP’s college road trip to UC Irvine.

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Explore Los Angeles Trade Tech's Automotive Program
May 13, 2022
Los Angeles Trade Tech's Automotive Program (LATTC)

We are partnering with Los Angeles Trade Tech College to offer GEAR UP students the opportunity to explore LATTC’s automotive program on 5/13/2022! Come to GEARUP room to sign-up if you are interested in going to the field trip.

Nos estamos asociando con Los Angeles Trade Tech College para ofrecer a los estudiantes de GEAR UP la oportunidad de explorar el programa automotriz el 5/13/2022! Ven a la sala GEARUP para inscribirse si está interesado en ir a la excursión.

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Visit Cal State University - Dominguez Hills
Apr 29, 2022 - Apr 29, 2022
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Carson, CA

Do you want to visit a Cal State campus?  Do you want to be a Toro?  Come to the GEAU UP offices and see Ms. Sarah or Mr. Brown and find out how you could come and explore Cal State University – Dominguez Hills with GEAR UP.  There is limited space on the bus…so first come, first serve!

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College Signing Day
May 20, 2022 - May 20, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us as we bring together Board District 7 scholars, parents, educators, school-site staff and
community partners to celebrate our seniors’ post-secondary plans and the college and career
aspirations of all our scholars.

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021 | 5-6 PM | ZOOM

To submit your college plans for a shout out during our event or to have your families submit a special message, please use the following submission links by May 3:





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GEAR UP Parent Conference
Mar 23, 2022 - Mar 23, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 327 935 4398
Passcode: GEARUP

Parents, come join GEAR UP during your parent conferences and learn about all the programs that GEAR UP has to support Maya Angelou students and families.

Padres, vengan a la junta de GEAR UP durante las conferencias de padres para aprender sobre los progams que tiene GEAR UP para apoyar su hijo/a en the escuela Maya Angelou.

Occidental College Summer Academy
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Occidental College
1600 Campus Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

The Occidental College Academy (OCA) is a two-week hybrid summer program that will center social justice learning and practice in a high school context. LAUSD students will create art in all of its forms and use their creations as a medium to help students understand what social justice means for themselves, their families and their immediate community.  

Students can apply directly online at the link below.  Please ask your GEAR UP team if you need assistance.


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Open House
Apr 20, 2022 - Apr 20, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maya Angelou CHS

Come visit the GEAR UP Office and meet your GEAR UP team.  We look forward to meeting all the parents.  We will be on campus during Open House from 5:00 t0 7:00 pm.

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Casa Abierta
Apr 20, 2022 - Apr 20, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Escuela Maya Angelou

Únase con nosotros el 20 de abril y venga a conocer el programa de GEAR UP en el salón 3-102. Tambien, conozca los recursos que ofrecemos y
disfrute de café y aperitivos.

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Apr 6, 2022 - Apr 6, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Discover how the Cal State system can be a MATCH to meet the academic needs of your student, as well as a FIT to encompass your student’s financial, personal, and social necessities as they guide them toward their career interests.


Descubra cómo el sistema de Cal State puede ser JUSTO para satisfacer las necesidades académicas de su estudiante, así como ADECUADO para abarcar las
necesidades financieras, personales y sociales de su estudiante a medida que lo guían hacia sus intereses profesionales.

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8:00 am - 3:00 pm
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

The Chicano/a Latino/a Educational Foundation is hosting three opportunities this summer for all 9th and 10th graders students.  Students who are Peer Mentors can be part of the PAL and SEEDS program and 9th and 10th graders who are non-peer mentors can take part in CAPA on the campus of UCLA and learn leaderships skills and have a college life experience on the vibrant campus of UCLA.  You too can be a UCLA BRUIN!

See Mr. Brown, Ms. Sarah, Mr. Wong, or Mr. Loeza to get an application and turn it in ASAP because these programs are first come / first serve and the top applications will be selected to take part in the program.

The pick-up spots and transportation information is still forthcoming.

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University Admission Process | Proceso de Admision a la Universidad
May 12, 2022 - May 12, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join our presenter, Hugo Cristales, EAOP Assistant Director, from UCLA for a discussion on college admission requirements, including A-G requirements, four systems of higher education.

Acompañen a nuestro presentador, Hugo Cristales, Subgerente de EAOP, de UCLA para una platica sobre los requisitos de admision a la universidad, como los requisitos A-G, cuatro sistemas de educación superior, y los exámenes de ingreso a la universidad

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Activate Your Story - PLUS ME
Jun 17, 2022 - Jul 22, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Activate Your Story — PLUS ME Project (

Register for our program (above).

If accepted into our program, you will receive a free My Story Matters Journal in the mail. Every Monday and Wednesday, our team will send you an email with short activities to complete in your journal that will help you find your voice and activate your story. On Fridays, we will meet virtually as a community at 1 PM to share our stories and hear from special guest change makers on how we can take action in our communities.

Program Schedule

June 17: Orientation

June 24: Introduction & Characters

July 1: Settings & Struggles

July 8: Accomplishments & Small Moments

July 15: Lessons & Timeline

July 22: Future

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Griot Circle
Jun 20, 2022 - Jul 22, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

PLUS ME is honoring Black student stories with a new program: The Griot Circle.

“Griot” is a West African term for a storyteller, historian, and/or an experienced orator. Traditionally, Griots keep and pass down the history of a community as a way of celebrating and preserving their heritage. Storytelling is the vehicle Griots use to keep the memory and spirit of their community alive.

PLUS ME is excited to pay homage to this tradition by providing a free virtual 5-week summer storytelling program for Black high school students in SoCal. It will be a great opportunity to continue to honor and champion Black stories while practicing your writing and interpersonal communication skills with the help of a free PLUS ME journal. With the help of 5 Black changemakers who will serve as guest speakers, you will be empowered and find support as you celebrate your story. You will meet virtually every Friday with other students to share your stories and reveal insights from the weekly assignments. Upon program completion, you will receive a certificate of accomplishment.

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