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

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

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

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