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What is GEAR UP


GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded college access program located within the Minneapolis Public School District serving 2,395 students across 5 high schools. The goal of GEAR UP is to ensure that students graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. We provide programs and services to help students achieve their dreams of going to college.

College & Career Readiness: College Visits; Educational Field Trips; Postsecondary Readiness Workshops; Career Exploration Workshops; Financial Literacy Workshops

Graduation & Academic Readiness: Academic Interventions; Student Support Services; Student Meetings; Early Warning Indicators Student Tracking; Social & Emotional Support

Partnerships & Collaboration: Collaboration with Administration, Teachers, Staff, and Programs; Meetings with Families & Guardians, Family Postsecondary Workshops; Family Financial Literacy Workshops

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Who are GEAR UP students


10th & 11th Grade: GEAR UP staff follow a cohort of students beginning in 6th & 7th grades through their first year of postsecondary education. This 2018-2019 year, GEAR UP staff will be working with 10th grade and 11th grade students

Meet the GEAR UP Staff


(Left to Right) Kate Hanten, Chelsey Mckinney, & Jessica Yang

GEAR UP 10th & 11th Grade Counselor: Kate Hanten

GEAR UP 11th Grade Coordinator: Chelsey Mckinney

GEAR UP 10th Grade Coordinator: Jessica Yang