See how we celebrated National GEAR UP Week – September 23-29, 2018

School Site Events Thank you to members from the staff of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris for visiting our GEAR UP students during this special week! Helen Bernstein HS and Stem Academy of Hollywood brought the GEAR UP Week festivities with their “College Knowledge Fair”! Mentor Summits Students from Helen Bernstein High School, STEM Academy of… Read More

Estudiantes latinos luchan por una educación superior

Gear Up 4 LA es un programa que tiene como objetivo de aumentar el éxito de estudiantes de secundaria, sobre todo para los de bajos recursos Hace dos años el padre de Jacqueline Ochoa, de 17 años, fue deportado a México y ella entendió que el complejo sistema de inmigración no solo afecta a los… Read More

Developing Growth Mindset For Families

At GEAR UP West 2017, GU4LA facilitated the session “Developing Growth Mindset for Families,” about the program with four middle schools under the 2-year Skills for Success grant in conjunction with Families in Schools and Stanford University’s Program for Educational Research that Scales (PERTS). With the session’s guiding question, “How can students’ growth mindset be… Read More

America Students Need to Dream Big

Lillian Lowery, VP for P-12 policy and practice and Wil Del Pilar, VP for higher education policy and practice, co-wrote a blog post for Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard. Speaking from personal experience as low-income students of color who overcame obstacles, they put into question how far we’ve really come as a nation since Brown v.… Read More

Fall Partnership Collaborative!

GEAR UP Fall Partnership Collaborative meeting builds awareness and promotes advocacy for student persistence in college. On Wednesday, November 14, GEAR UP 4 LA partners and LAUSD staff gathered to strengthen the community of support for our Los Angeles Unified School District students. Dr. Margaret Garcia, Associate Dean of the Office of Undergraduate Studies at… Read More

Better Make Room Student Spotlight!

BMR Takeover series, short for “Better Make Room Takeover”, started last year as a way to highlight remarkable high school and college student stories, many of whom are overcoming obstacles to further their education past high school. Every week,  a student shares their story in their own words across Better Make Room’s social media platforms… Read More

Ed Trust-West: Inequities Facing Latino Students

California’s Latino students are the majority in our schools – over 3 million Latino students attend public K-12 schools in California. At the higher education level, there are nearly 1 million Latino students in California public colleges and universities. Yet despite this growing majority, a new report from The Education Trust–West says we’ve got work… Read More

Parent Involvement in Education

A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics provided information about various aspects of parent involvement in education gleaned from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016. Respondents answered questions about topics such as helping children with homework, family activities, and parent involvement at school.

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