Obama Global Prep Academy

Obama Global Prep Academy

Welcome to the GEAR UP program at Obama Global Prep Academy! 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. Go Eagles!

Contact GEAR UP

Email: [email protected]
Office hours: 3:00 - 4:00 M, W-F
Office phone: (213) 760-8371


Mario Loeza

Site Coordinator

Elson Wong


Steven Brown

Academic Advisor

Sarah Rodriguez

Parent Engagement Support Assistant (PESA)



9th and 10th grade students 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.  Use the QR code or go to tutor.com/gearup4la.com.

We, GEARUP and Obama GPA, support ALL students!

GEAR UP and LAUSD supports all students.  Students who are interested, see Ms. Razo to be part of the Rainbow Club.



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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 & Family Wellness Hotline

Student & Family 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

Línea Telefónica de Bienestar para Estudiantes y Familias

(lunes a viernes de
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Padres de familias, estudiantes, y educadores, llame para consultas, apoyo y referencias.

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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: https://lafund.submittable.com/submit
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: https://lafund.submittable.com/submit
Fecha límite para postular: 13 de marzo de 2022 a las 11:59 pm PST.


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LA City Youth Council

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 lie in the City of Los Angeles and meet eligibility requirements.

Come to the GEARUP Office in Room 128 or go to: hirelayouth.com to apply!

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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 Team

We are here to support and be a resource to our students, families, and school staffs. Please contact us with any questions.

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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:





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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Edgenuity Credit Recovery Course

Need English Credit? Ms. Ruiz will be offering credit recovery course. Every Monday and Wednesday in May

Room 309- 2:50pm-4:00pm

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GRATIS Internet y Computadoras

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: device.lausd.net
Para recibir mas informacion- Porfavor visitar 2328 S St James Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90007- el 21 de Mayo, 2022 de 8am-1pm

FREE Internet & Laptops

The District is offering FREE internet connectivity and laptops for all students that needs access beyond the school day. Please apply to: device.lausd.net
To receive more information- please visit 2328 S St James Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90007- on May 21st, 2022 from 8am-1pm

Tutor.com available during the Summer | Tutor.com disponible durante el Verano

Tutor.com- 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.

Tutor.com-Los 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 Mentor Meetings
Oct 26, 2021 - Jun 3, 2022
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 308

It’s time to meet, Peer Mentors.  See the attached schedule of our Peer Mentor meetings.  We will see you at lunch.  If you want to be a Peer Mentor, look for opportunities to join the club in 2022.

Ya es el tiempo de unier pare nuestros mentores.  Noten el horario de las juntas y nos vemos durante almuerzo.  Si gustan ser un mentor, en 2022 tendran la oportunidad.

College Wednesdays
Every Wednesday !

Wear your favorite college or university attire on Wednesdays and then come find the GEARUP team at lunch and SPIN the wheel for a prize!


¡Use su vestimiento favorito de colegio o universidad los Miércoles y luego venga a buscar al equipo de GEARUP en el almuerzo y gire la rueda para obtener un premio!


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

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 LATTC 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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English Language Advancement Classes
2:40 am - 3:40 am
Room C-132

Ms. Cabrera will be teaching a special class after school for one hour per session for students who need to take the ELPAC.  The class is limited to 15 students and is focused on advancing the students’ English language skills.

Please email Mr. Loeza if you have any questions about the class or are interested in taking the class at [email protected]

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Visit California State University - Dominguez Hills
Apr 29, 2022 - Apr 29, 2022
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
CSUDH - 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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Occidental College Summer Academy
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
1600 Campus Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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.

Website: https://www.oxy.edu/about-oxy/community-engagement/npp/occidental-college-academy 

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Visit to California State University, Los Angels
Apr 21, 2022 - Apr 21, 2022
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5154 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 91754

You too can be at CAL STATE LA Golden Eagle.  If you want to explore the campus of CSULA and learn more about the programs that are available to you after you graduate High School, then come to the GEAR UP office in Room 128 and ask for Mr. Brown, Ms. Rodriguez, or Mr. Loeza for a field trip slip before all the spots are filled up.  Don’t delay.  You can message us on Schoology, email us, or call.  The contact information is on the flier above.

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CSULA: Match & Fit (Majors to Careers)
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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CLEF - Peer Academic Leadership (PAL) / Career & Academic Prep Academy (CAPA) / SEEDS
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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Visita de Padres a La Universidad de CSULA | CSULA Parent College Visit
May 14, 2022 - May 14, 2022
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Transporte Disponible- Obama @ 8am
Transportation Available- Obama @ 8am

Join us for an in-person tour of the beautiful Cal State LA campus and learn all about the services and amenities they have to offer students. Limited Space. Reserve Now!

Acompáñenos en un recorrido en persona por el hermoso plantel de Cal State LA y aprenda todo sobre los servicios y comodidades que tienen para ofrecer a los estudiantes. Espacio limitado. ¡Reserve ahora!


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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 - Jun 22, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Register for our program. Activate Your Story — PLUS ME Project (theplusmeproject.org)

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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The 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 Circle — PLUS ME Project (theplusmeproject.org)

“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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