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GEAR UP Minneapolis

GEAR UP Minneapolis

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a nation-wide, federally funded grant initiative offered through the U.S. Department of Education. Minneapolis Public Schools was awarded a seven year, $14 million dollar grant beginning in January 2015. Over the course of the seven years, GEAR UP will serve 2,560 students in 17 of the school district’s middle and high schools. The project began in 2015 with sixth and seventh grade students and will follow this same cohort of students through either their senior year of high school (class of 2021) or first year of college (class of 2020).

The grant will focus on five key objectives:

  1. Increase GEAR UP students’ academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education
  2. Increase GEAR UP students’ rate of high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment
  3. Increase GEAR UP students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing
  4. Increase percentage of GEAR UP students who enroll and succeed in postsecondary education
  5. Increase the preparation of teachers and staff to teach and serve GEAR UP students.

Services that will be supported by the grant include:

  • Dedicated staff to help students, families, and school staff to find college related resources.
  • Prepare students academically for college and careers towards post-secondary.
  • Provide ongoing support from School Counselors to stay on track towards graduation and achieving graduation standards.
  • Offer informational sessions to learn about the variety of college and career options, how to pay for college, and how to apply for college.
  • Provide opportunities for students to visit and tour colleges, and participate in summer programs.
  • Offer support services such as, mentorship with college students, tutoring, and engagement activities.