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Gadsden GEAR UP Partnership seeks toaddress the needs of 410 students who entered the seventh grade atCory, Disque, and General Forrest Middle Schools in 1999, andsupports them through to Litchfield, Gadsden, and Emma SansomHigh Schools. Principal activities of this project include: individualcounseling for students and parents; tutoring; a pro fe s s i o n a ldevelopment program for involved teachers; suggestions for new teaching methodologies; a college/career education and visitation program for students and parents; and, a mentoring program involving local college students and professionals.Students who successfully complete the program will have accomplished the following: passed Algebra I and Geometry witha C or better; successfully completed the required Alabama High School Graduation Exam; and, be on schedule in meetingpostsecondary entrance requirements.
Since the program is based on preparing students for college and the work force, the GEAR UP staff wantedthem to see first-hand the duties and responsibilities of their chosen fields. During the summer program, a group of thirty GEAR UP students were afforded the opportunity to job shadow three local businesses and organizations. These students were guided by experienced professionals who explained the pros and cons of the area and gave advice on coursework needed to attain the proper skills. Following the time spent with the employees, students were more aware of therequirements for the job and, therefore, could make more intelligent college and career choices.
Contact: Carl Byers, Jr.Phone: (256) 549-8212Email: email@example.comTotal Students Served: 410PROJECT OVERVIEW
During the course of five years, the GEAR UP project will develop and implement an academic year Early Awareness program to provide participants with the support neededto pursue a postsecondary education. The students entered theprogram in 1999, as sixth graders at the local elementary and middleschools in Perry County, and will continue to participate in GEAR UP until they complete their tenth grade at high school.The project seeks to address the needs of 700 to 1,000 students, and their parents, through individual counseling, tutoring,financial aid advising, career assessment and exploration, mentoring, professional development, and various workshops.Students who successfully complete the program will have accomplished the following: 1) passed Algebra I with a C orbetter; 2) scored at, or above, the 50th percentile in reading, math, and language on the Stanford Achievement Test; and 3)completed an individual course guide in meeting college entrance requirements.
At the beginning of the year, a group of eighth grade participants helped recruit new sixth grade participants.The students planned a pep rally for potential participants at both middle schools. New applicants were given mini pom-poms, in their school's color, with GEAR UP imprinted on them. As a result, 140 students signed up for the program. Aftersurveying the eighth grade participants, it was found that the students enjoyed the responsibility of organizing the pep rally and being mentors to the new participants.
Contact: Betty BentleyPhone: (334) 876-9244Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTotal Students Served: 1,000