GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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April, 2019


GEAR UP Maine staff

Grant Must Do's
April Must Do's

College Access Team Members
  • Begin to plan National GEAR UP Week for Fall 2019
  • Duplication of Services (This applies only to high schools who have Talent Search or another TRIO program)
  • Input services/activities in SCRIBE and provide Request for Reimbursement Packet to Business Managers 
Business Managers
  • Make sure all outstanding invoices are submitted by May 15th
Data Stewards
  • Add students who enrolled during the month of April.
  • Note if they are GEAR UP eligible.
  • Exit students who withdrew during the month of April.
April Services
  • Enter participation in SCRIBE for all services that took place during the month of April as described in your GEAR UP Action Plan.  
  • Complete the Service Summaries in SCRIBE.  
  • Generate Activity Summary Sheets if needed.
What's Happening
GEAR UP Maine Attends Hall of Flags Event at the
Maine State House
GEAR UP Maine attended the Hall of Flags event at the Maine State House on March 21st. Hunter St. Pierre, a past GEAR UP Maine Student and scholarship awardee, spoke about the impact GEAR UP Maine made on her education. She is a second semester Freshman at the University of New England studying chemistry.

Photo and video clip below:
Year 6 Action Plan Timeline:

~ May 17, 2019- District YR 6 Plan Drafts MUST BE Completed
~ May 20, 2019- GEAR UP Maine reviews ALL district Plans
~ May 24, 2019- GEAR UP Maine returns YR 6 drafts to districts for final edits
~ June 7, 2019- ALL final versions of district plans due to GEAR UP Maine. (District editing permissions will be disabled as of this date.)
~ June 30, 2019- District plans approved and sent to UMF for YR 6 contracts to be issued.

Any districts who do NOT have approved plans by June 30,2019 are in jeopardy of losing YR 6 GEAR UP Maine funds.

~The YR 6 Plan is pre-populated based on your YR 5 plan.
~Do NOT change the REQUIRED items in the plan.
~Do NOT change the pre-populated Budget Cells: salaries and benefits, contracts, travel, and supplies.
(You should add the appropriate amounts but do not change the text or format of the cells.)
~Do NOT write in or change Columns I and J.
~For positions/stipends paid from GEAR UP funds, identify the appropriate GEAR UP Maine Job Description and add to Column G.
Upcoming Events
David Pitonyak
The Importance of Belonging
May 14-15, 2019

9:00 – 4:00 pm
The Senator Inn, Augusta, ME
Supporting Confidence, Competence and a Sense of Well-Being: A Two Day Workshop focused onYouth in Transition
 Are you case manager, transition specialist, teacher, school counselor,  family member, case manager, or state agency staff? 
If so, this workshop is for you!
Being connected to people we love is critical to our emotional and physical well-being. Many youth experiencing our services are lonely and lack meaningful relationships. This workshop is designed to move beyond interventions and coverage to a system that supports enduring, freely chosen relationships, especially critical in the transition from youth to young adulthood.  Difficult behaviors result from unmet needs. This workshop will examine seven quality of life indicators that are often missing and strategies to support belonging and build relationships.

All of our GEAR UP students have a story to tell. It's up to us to help them find their voice to tell it. Do you know a student who would be interested in sharing their story with GEAR UP Maine? Be it a story of success or struggle, we want to hear it and share it. It's so important now, more than ever, that our students' voices are heard. Please contact GEAR UP Maine Communication Specialist, Kayla Hopkins if you are interested in diving into this student story-telling adventure. 
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The GEAR UP Maine program is funded through a grant (reference #P3345050037;
Karmon Simms-Coates, Project Officer) from the U.S. Department of Education to
University of Maine at Farmington administered by Syntiro.

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