Lorna Byrne Middle School and Illinois Valley High School, Cave Junction, Oregon
Illinois Valley students visit Western Oregon University.
Because of GEAR UP, multiple geographically isolated and economically disadvantaged students had high-quality academic enrichment opportunities during weekends and summer.
"She stood there wearing a beautiful smile of pride when I complimented her artwork, exhibited at the Schneider Museum of Art. This young lady was one of a group of students that was selected to attend the Young Artists’ Institute, a 10-day residential summer program held on the Southern Oregon University campus. This opportunity was made possible through our GEAR UP grant. Attending the Young Artists’ Institute was a life-changing experience for all of the students but I especially noticed the impact it had on this particular girl. She was pushed out of her comfort zone, resulting in tremendous personal growth. Thanks to GEAR UP's support this student was able to discover her own unique artistic voice, which dramatically increased her self-confidence and sense of self."
Information and photos provided by GEAR UP coordinator Monet Talty.