Celebrate at Your Schools
FOCUS ON STUDENT DREAMS
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.
LEVERAGE SCHOOL-WIDE ACTIVITIES
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!
EMPOWER THE STUDENT VOICE
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!