National GEAR UP Conference

GEAR UP staff, school coordinators and administrators and two students travelled to Washington D.C. for the annual gathering of GEAR UP programs from across the country. Educators chose from over 100 sessions to sharpen their skills while the students bolstered their confidence at the Youth Leadership Summit, in addition to sharing the impact of GEAR UP with Oregon legislators and aides.

Educators at National Conference


Oregon Private College Week Camp

Rising seniors visited 7 private colleges in Oregon as well as attended workshops about the college application process during a one-week summer program. 100% of attendees would recommend the camp to their classmates!


Summer Institute for Educators

Middle and high school educators spent four days collaborating with writing and math faculty from two-year and four-year colleges across the state. Participants examined and developed instructional solutions that will improve the college readiness of secondary-level students.


Student Leadership Event

100+ middle and high school students. 10 college student mentors. 3 days. Too many experiences to count! Our always popular Student Leadership Event, once again hosted by Seeds Training, gave students the opportunity to practice team building, communication skills, leadership and much more.

Middle school students in front of paper tower

Two students lying on the floor and talking

High school students with broken boards

See more photos from summer on our Facebook page.