Sweet Water launches GEAR UP initiative

Ayden Nelson, Breanna Ramsey, Lindsey Davis, Jasmine Snell, Mae Etheridge, Maggie Thompson

Ayden Nelson, Breanna Ramsey, Lindsey Davis, Jasmine Snell, Mae Etheridge, Maggie Thompson

Annie Robertson and Tanya Williams, the Gear Up facilitators at Sweet Water High School, recently kicked off the Gear Up program with a week of events including a Pep Rally with guest speakers and a balloon release.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. This is accomplished by providing activities aimed at increasing college attendance and completion by raising low-income students’ awareness of college and

financial aid options, increasing their participation in academically challenging courses, and supporting them through the college admissions process.

GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school.

Janiecia Jackson, Takyiia Jackson, Shakira Cowan, Destiny Evans, Kaylyn Norwood, Kiana Adams

Janiecia Jackson, Takyiia Jackson, Shakira Cowan, Destiny Evans, Kaylyn Norwood, Kiana Adams