GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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August, 2019


GEAR UP Maine staff

Grant Must Do's
August Must Do's

CAT Members
  • Prepare and plan for National GEAR UP Week in September
  • Establish and plan for financial awareness informational sessions for students and families (Reminder: FAFSA Opens October 1, 2019)
CAT Leads
  • Update CAT membership - Identify at least one student and parent CAT member
  • Submit documentation to your Data Steward detailing summer activity participation
Data Stewards
  • Send the RfR to the business managers for the summer services
CAT Lead & Data Steward
  • Sign roles and responsibilities documents in your YR 6 district folder  by September 15, 2019. 
  • Complete Data Access and Contacts for SCRIBE in your district YR 6 folder by September 15, 2019.
What's Happening 

FOCUS Boston Area Schools Fall Bus Tour

National GEAR UP Week 2019
September 23-27

Celebrate at Your Schools


National GEAR UP Week is a great opportunity to ask students to articulate and share their college and career aspirations. This creates momentum for our work and provides formal and informal teachable moments. Create a dream wall where students post their dreams; or create a dream chain in classrooms that create connections between students.


Have a big, annual, school-wide event planned? Implement it during GEAR UP Week and get extra bang for your buck. Host a college pep rally; have a college scavenger hunt; or host a college trivia competition. Get teachers and administrators telling their stories and sharing their experiences!


Help students find the power in their stories. Create a school-wide #IHeartGEARUP campaign on social media; create a video competition about why college matters; have students write letters to their future-selves about what they hope to achieve in school, college and beyond! 

GEAR UP Maine Summer
Student Leadership Institute
In July, students from our GEAR UP Maine Schools across the state, attended a 3-day Student Leadership Institute (lead by FOCUS Training) where they participated in workshops designed to strengthen student voice and build leadership skills for both school and CAT team work. The students expressed that this institute better prepared them for their upcoming school year as well as for their postsecondary aspirations.  
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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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