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Pennsylvania State Gear Up




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2016-2020 Target Schools: William Allen High School, Louis E. Dieruff High School, Building 21 High School

  • 10th grade students from Dieruff and Wm. Allen Visit Lehigh University - February 2018

  • Trip to Lehigh University - February 2018

  • Lehigh University Team - February 2018

  • The Holistic Life Foundation and 10th Grade Gear Up Students/Teachers - January 11, 2018

  • The Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) provided training January 11th to 21 10th grade students and 5 10th grade teachers. Ross Robinson presented tools and exercises to empower participants to become more present, mindful, stress free, focused, and positive. Going forward our students will, with supervision, present some of the exercises they were trained to do in specific classes.

  • Trip to Allentown Art Museum 1/26/17

  • Trip to Allentown Art Museum 1/26/17

  • Student with Yale T-Shirt

  • GEAR UP at PBS 39

  • GEAR UP at PBS 39

  • Student with Swarthmore T-shirt

  • Art Studio at Kutztown University

  • Student with Lehigh T-shirt


GEAR UP II - News and Student Profiles

Activities and Programs

  • College and Career Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Financial Aid Counseling
  • College Visits
  • College/Career Fair or College/Career Speaker Panels
  • Math and English Language Arts Tutoring
  • College Representative Visits
  • Near-peer and Career-focused Mentoring
  • Summer Programming (including college camps and APEX Intro to Algebra and Algebra 1)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Workshops
  • 9th Grade Summer Bridge Program
  • Job Site Visits/Job Shadowing
  • Educational Field Trips
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Financial Aid Workshops
  • Non-Cognitive Skills Development Workshops


Activities and Programs

  • Parent Counseling/Advising regarding students attendance, academics, and college/career readiness
  • College Visits
  • Student Recognition Events
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Financial Aid Workshops
  • PA 529 College Savings Account Workshops
  • Introduction to College Fit Workshops
  • Parent Mentoring Program – connecting parents from the GEAR UP II grant with GEAR UP-3 parents
  • Parent Relationship Building Events at Open House and Community Fun Day
  • GEAR UP-3 Newsletter