Tutoring/homework assistance services provide additional academic instruction outside the classroom. Designed to increase the academic achievement of students, these services can occur one-on-one or in small groups before or after school, during study or lunch breaks, or on weekends. Tutoring can be provided by GEAR UP staff, hired tutors, teachers, and/or volunteers.
Comprehensive mentoring services are school- or community-based mentoring programs where teachers and other school staff identify and target academically and/or social/emotionally at-risk students whom they feel would benefit from mentoring. These programs pair these students with volunteers who meet with them regularly at school or in the community (typically one hour per week) either during or after the school day. This type of comprehensive mentoring is long-term and can include elements of academic, social, organizational, or life skills.
Financial Aid Counseling/Advising
Financial aid counseling/advising services provide assistance to students to understand and navigate the complexities of financial aid, including providing hands-on assistance with the FAFSA and scholarship applications, financial aid or literacy presentations, financial aid or literacy curriculum, and participation in college savings plans.
Counseling, Advising, Academic Planning, Career Counseling
Counseling/advising/academic planning/career counseling services span a spectrum of activities that can include one-on-one or small group academic, career, or personal advising, and college access plan advising
Meeting with students one-on-one or in a small group to discuss personal growth issues such as decision making, goal setting, behavior concerns, family issues, or home visits.
Providing assistance to students on college choices or college planning.
Providing individual or small group assistance to students on coursework selection, course of study choices, college major selection, assessment advising or interpretation of scores, or assistance with placement tests.
Providing individual or small group assistance to students about career choices, career planning, internships, or career interests.
Workshops are services that include interactive informational classroom-level or larger-group sessions focused on the elements of college awareness and readiness such as study skills, self-monitoring, goal-setting, time management, and problem-solving. Activities should be grade-appropriate and engaging activities that convey information needed to understand “how college works". This includes guest speakers that motivate students and highlight careers.
A physical visit to a college campus by a student. The primary objective of the event would be to conduct a college visit. Should include an official tour, presentation(s) by admissions, academic departments, athletics, student affairs, residence life, multicultural affairs, or other college departments.
Virtual College Visit
A virtual college tour by a student via remote access including the internet, webinar, etc. Virtual college visits must be supervised/led by a teacher or GEAR UP staff.
College Student Shadowing
A one-on-one experience in which a middle or high school student spends a day on a college campus with an undergraduate student seeing college life for a typical undergraduate.
Job Site Visit, Job Shadowing
Job site visit/job shadowing services offer students exposure to the workplace in an occupational area of interest and reinforces the link between classroom learning and work requirements. Students witness firsthand the work environment, employability and occupational skills in practice, the value of professional training, and potential career options. These activities include visits to local businesses, employers, and agencies to explore different professions career selections and can be followed by job shadowing.
Summer programs are services that include an intensive experience over a period of time during the summer (or other non-school year time, i.e., for year round schools) that includes an academic enrichment, credit recovery, or college preparatory program/camp. Summer programs could be a statewide GEAR UP summer camp, a local summer camp funded by GEAR UP, or a residential GEAR UP program hosted by a college/university/community organization, or another camp attended by a GEAR UP student that supports the GEAR UP mission.
Educational Field Trips
Educational field trips are services that include an activity that occurs when students leave their school or travel to another location that includes an academic component and is linked to classroom activities. Examples would include a science demonstration on a college campus (the purpose of the event was the science demonstration not a college visit), a class trip to attend a science or history museum linked to curriculum, academic competitions, cultural experiences such as performing arts, museums, or similar activity, and field trips that complement and enhance existing curriculum in key content areas such as math, science, or language arts.