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Welcome to the GEAR UP 4 LA newsletter! We work to empower the communities we serve and eliminate barriers by expanding successful programs and partnerships to serve middle and high school students and their families. We currently serve the
Classes of 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025.

GEAR UP Summer Programs a Success!

Over the course of GU4LA’s virtual summer programs – which included several one-week Summer Bridge classes, the Jaime Escalante Math program and a college course in logistics – 1,500 students participated in 34,598 hours of GU4LA services!

“I’m really interested in business, so I enjoyed every part of class, even the homework. I didn’t find it as something I had to do. It was something I wanted to do.” - Rising GU4LA freshman

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Class of 2021 Combats Summer Melt

To help students combat summer melt, GEAR UP 4 LA connects its team of first year advisors with GU4LA students, providing targeted one-on-one support through their first year of higher education.

“I’ve never been in a program this supportive, this helpful, and it makes me feel like I have a family outside of home.” - West Adams Prep graduate Briana Jimenez

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Jaime Escalante Math Program & Support Student Success

Nearly 400 rising ninth and 10th-grade GEAR UP 4 LA students participated in a challenging five-week summer math enrichment program that allowed them to get ahead on math classes and prepare for taking college-level math courses while in high school. The program had a 74% pass rate!

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National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) is GEAR UP's umbrella organization, advancing college access through advocacy, training and research, developing tools and resources to provide educational opportunities for all students.

Check out our new website!

Our shiny new website is now live! Get updates from your schools, meet the team and learn about GEAR UP, our services and partners! Visit

My First Year Podcast: Alumni Stories

My First Year is an original GEAR UP 4 LA podcast that explores how GEAR UP alumni become success stories after they graduate high school. Listen to them share their firsthand experiences around high school, college, finding first jobs, studying abroad, and more. The podcast was produced in collaboration with Study Smart Tutors and the GEAR UP Alumni Association.

Mayor’s Youth Council: Sept. 24, 2021

Calling all GEAR UP high school students! Passionate about your community? Love to engage in discussions about the future of Los Angeles? Interested in meeting other young people dedicated to public service? Join the Mayor’s Youth Council! Click here for more information and to complete the application and recommendation form.

National GEAR UP Week: Sept. 20-24, 2021

During GEAR UP Week, GU4LA staff, parents, teachers and college access partners will celebrate the successes of our GEAR UP students, their #GEARUPworks stories, and the progress they've made toward achieving their college and career aspirations.


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