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

Writing The City: Pearl Lomelli

Name: Pearl Lomelli GEAR UP 4 LA School: Belmont/LATTC/Bard, 11th grade Summer Program: Writing the City The highlight of my summer was Writing the City. This program has inspired me to be more open-minded. I was very amazed at what I’ve learned from the city I’ve been living in my whole life. Every day we had different… Read More


Beyond Awareness…

Beyond Awareness… In November, GEAR UP 4 LA joined the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute‘s (CHCI) for their annual Ready to Lead (R2L) conference. The intensive day long program provided 9th and 10th grade Latino students with tools and training necessary to prepare for college. Students attended workshops on financial literacy, college planning and leadership development.… Read More