About the Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation
By Kyle Pedersen, MAR, Director &
David Tate, Ph.D., President
June 4, 2015 (9-10:15AM) at The Consultation Center
CMHC Foundation Website: http://www.cmhcfoundation.org/background.html
Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership
...education is the fault line between those who will prosper in the new economy and those who will not. To prepare young people for the world of personal and professional choices in the 21st century, we must open the doors of college to all Americans.
-- U.S. Department of Education
How do you encourage more than 1,500 middle-schoolers- plus their teachers, counselors, and families- to focus on planning for their futures?
The answer is GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a national initiative that began in 1999 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership plans to open as many doors as possible for Bridgeport students to attend college. The program aims to provide students with the skills and aspirations needed to graduate from high school and succeed in a productive post-secondary educational option of their choice. The funding for this project targets Bridgeport students who are in the graduating classes of 2014 and 2017 and will follow those students from seventh grade through their freshman year in college.
From the voices of recent Connecticut GEAR UP graduates...
- "This program kept me from dropping out of high school." Takira, Cesar Batalla School.
- "Now I know that just because my parents didn't go to college, doesn't mean I can't." Neil, Luis Munoz Marin School.
- "GEAR UP has showed me that you can have fun while learning important lessons. The program has shown me how to be a better person." Joel, Winthrop Middle School.