GEAR UP for Your Future

GEAR UP

GEAR UP strives to significantly increase the number of first-generation students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

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ASU GEAR UP, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, serves the class of 2024 cohort at Glendale High School, Tempe High School, Tolleson Union High School, Washington High School, and Westwood High School.

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Valley schools celebrate GEAR UP Week 2021

Valley schools celebrate GEAR UP Week 2021

For students who need support for college readiness, consistency is key, especially given the education disruptions of the past two years. Having the steady support of mentors, tutors and friends is exactly what 3,000 local 10th graders who participate in the GEAR UP program celebrated in September.

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GEAR UP celebrates impact on Arizona’s class of 2024

GEAR UP celebrates impact on Arizona’s class of 2024

For the more than 3,000 Arizona ninth graders affected by the federally funded GEAR UP, the program has continued to provide crucial tutoring, mentorship and coaching throughout the school closures of 2020, when the GEAR UP cohort was transitioning to high school.

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Celebrating strong pathways to college during National GEAR UP Week

Celebrating strong pathways to college during National GEAR UP Week

Arizona State University joined with thousands of students, parents, educators and college access partners around the country to celebrate National GEAR UP Week Sept. 23–27. In its inaugural year, GEAR UP served a cohort of 1,390 underserved students in Arizona through tutoring, mentoring, test preparation, college visits, job shadowing, academic and career advising and more.

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Student Services

Academic/Career Planning

Students will receive support with:

  • High School 4-year planning/course selection
  • Career interests/skills assessments
  • Opportunities for job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships

Tutoring

Students will receive support with:

  • Academic tutoring in high school courses, test prep, etc. (virtually, in-person, online platform)
    • 1:1
    • Small group
    • Large group

Comprehensive Mentoring

Students will receive support with:

  • Challenges in classes
  • Challenges with teachers
  • Challenges with peers
  • Challenges with family members
  • Challenges with decision-making
  • Challenging with goal-setting

Post Secondary Planning

Students will receive support with:

  • Aligning career interests/skills with postsecondary pathways
  • Campus visits
  • College/university applications
  • FAFSA applications

Personal Development

Students will receive support with:

  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Time-management skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Note-taking skills
  • Communication skills
  • Stress management
  • Self-awareness

Family Services

Promoting the Value and Benefits of Postsecondary Education

Families will be provided with support to:

  • Understand how/when to advocate on behalf of their student at the school level
  • Build skills to empower their student

College Readiness

Families will be provided with support to:

  • Cultivate the interests/skills of their students

Financial Aid Advising

Parents will be provided with:

  • Information and resources related to paying for college
  • College/university application support
  • FAFSA application support

Supportive services

Families will be provided with support to:

  • Gain additional insights into the choices of their student

Resources

Families will be provided with:

  • Workshops and community events
  • Community referrals
  • School resources

Participating schools and staff

Dr. Jennifer Murphy

Executive Director

Glendale High School

Coordinator Sr. – Jasmine Dean (jasmine.dean@asu.edu)

Outreach Specialist – Andrew Swink (alswink@asu.edu)


Tempe High School

Coordinator Sr. – Ricardo Villa Sanchez (ricardo.villa-sanchez@asu.edu)

Outreach Specialist – Rosalee Shoulders (rosalee.shoulders@asu.edu)


Tolleson Union High School

Coordinator Sr. – Jasmine Dean (jasmine.dean@asu.edu)

Outreach Specialist – TBD


Washington High School

Coordinator Sr. – Jasmine Dean (jasmine.dean@asu.edu)

Outreach Specialist – Vicente Payan Noriega (vicente.payan.noriega@asu.edu)


Westwood High School

Coordinator Sr. – Ricardo Villa Sanchez (ricardo.villa-sanchez@asu.edu)

Outreach Specialist – Yasmin Puhuyesva (yasmin.puhuyesva@asu.edu)

GEAR UP Tools and Resources

ASU professional and student staff provide academic, personal-social, and college and career readiness support for students and families. Hear from GEAR UP students and check out some online tutoring resources.

Meet the GEAR UP community
Tutoring Video Collection

“My favorite parts about GEAR UP are the opportunities to be involved with the programs and having assistance every step of the way. Without the program, I wouldn’t know about all these amazing opportunities that have helped me create a strong future.”


– Jenna Arroyo
GEAR UP student, Washington High School

Request services or information

If you attend Glendale High School, Tempe High School, Tolleson Union High School, Washington High School or Westwood High School and would like more information for services with GEAR UP, please complete the contact card.

GEAR UP Contact Card     GEAR UP Contact Card (Spanish)