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Did you know the 2016-17 FAFSA is available January 1st?

As the cost of college continues to increase, securing financial aid must become an important part of the college application process. The Education Trust-West reports only about half of  financially aid untapped. Financial aid is critical for our students when you consider that a strong correlation exists between FAFSA completion and college enrollment. FAFSA News: Students should know… Read More

National GEAR UP Week

September 21, 2015 – September 25 GEAR UP 4 LA will join thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of our hard work and dedication! Designed as a week to raise awareness in our community about the positive impact GEAR UP… Read More

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