College visits by GEAR UP

A day in the life of….

Shadow Days, developed by Occidental College, provide opportunities for students to follow a college student around campus for a typical day to experience college life and interact with students and staff. This often dispels myths about what college is and who college students are. After their visits in October and November, our GU students developed… Read More

ΣΑΕ group photo

We can’t do it alone

The Chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity in Los Angeles, as part of their commitment to the local community, sponsor specialized day long college visits that highlight opportunities at a variety of universities

GEAR UP students getting onto a school bus

On the Road Again

Over Thanksgiving weekend students took a GEAR UP 4 LA sponsored, day long trip to UC Santa Barbara and Cal-State Northridge and a two-day trip to Chapman University and San Diego State University. These college trips included campus tours, student panels, and financial aid information. These trips opened students’ eyes to future possibilities. Rachel Lee,… Read More

GEAR UP 4 LA Awarded New Grant from Department of Education

We are very excited to announce that GEAR UP 4 LA has received a new 7-year grant, with funding totaling almost 13 million dollars ($13,000,000). The proposed project will be located within the “Promise Zone” in Los Angeles. The three project middle schools, three span schools, and five high schools. This grant will bring established… Read More

2014 NCCEP/GEAR UP conference

GEAR UP 4 LA at NCCEP Annual Conference

The 2014 National Council for Community and Education Partnerships/GEAR UP Annual Conference in Washington, DC, offered GEAR UP 4 LA staff the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and strategies with GEAR UP programs across the country. GU4LA’s conference team included Donna Muncey, LAUSD Chief of Intensive Support and Intervention; Rosie Martinez, LAUSD Instructional Director; Dalton… Read More

"I'm learnding!"

Summer Round Up

College access starts early. This summer, GEAR UP 4 L.A. students built and strengthened academic skills through two extracurricular programs. LA Trade Tech’s 21st Century Skills Program offered both academic and concurrent enrollment classes. Students who struggled with math during the school year had the chance to make up those credits with the Jaime Escalante… Read More

Ella Turenne and Jesus Maldonado from Occidental College and Frida Samayoa, GEAR UP 4 LA Parent Coordinator, visit Congressman Xavier Becerra's office in Washington, D.C. to present the case for continued support for GEAR UP programs.

GEAR UP 4 LA Goes to Washington

In July, GEAR UP 4 LA visited the Capitol Hill office of Representative Becerra from Los Angeles’s 34th District. Here’s what Parent and Community Involvement Coordinator, Frida Samayoa, had to say about the experience. “It was the best opportunity that I have ever had because it was the chance to be a voice for the… Read More

GEAR UP 4 LA Latino freshman at UCSB's Latino Youth Leadership Conference

Latino Youth Leadership Conference

On May 17th and 18th, 29 GEAR UP 4 LA high school freshman (an all-male group) traveled to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) for the Latino Youth Leadership Conference. The UCSB chapter of the Latino fraternity Gamma Zeta Alpha organized and hosted the leadership conference, which was intended to motivate and prepare Latino… Read More

GEAR UP 4 LA peer mentors meet with career professionals at a career mentor luncheon.

Career Mentor Luncheon

On June 6, 2014, career professionals from a diverse range of fields met with selected GEAR UP peer mentors for an informative luncheon. Held at Taix restaurant in Los Angeles, the luncheon boasted round table seating for open conversation between student mentors and adult representatives. Prior to the luncheon, selected peer mentors were asked to… Read More

GEAR UP 4 LA students and staff pose for a picture with Councilman Mitch O'Farrell on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall.

Students Visit Councilmember O’Farrell

On March 25, 2014, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, who represents City Council District 13, welcomed 22 GEAR UP 4 LA students to Los Angeles City Hall, where they experienced hands-on civic engagement. Student mentors and leaders from Belmont High School had the opportunity to speak directly to the Councilmember about his work, and to participate in… Read More