National GEAR UP Week
National GEAR UP Week City of Las Vegas Proclamation
Nov. 16, 2022

The UNLV GEAR UP program collaborates with community partners and the Clark
County School District to create new or expanded programs focused on college access
and provide educational opportunities to students. The ultimate goal is to bring a
comprehensive and systemic approach that has a sustained impact on the target
schools within Clark County. GEAR UP works with local schools, community-based
organizations, private industry, and higher education institutions to support partnerships
to help students and parents gain needed knowledge about the college going process
and to bolster academic programs.

Each year, the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)
celebrates National GEAR UP Week across the county to showcase the great work of
GEAR UP programs (state and partnerships) nationwide. This year National GEAR UP
week was September 26-30, 2022. During GEAR UP week, thousands of students,
parents, teachers, partners, and college access professionals celebrate GEAR UP by
providing workshops, college awareness, educational and support activities to help build
a college-going culture. All twelve of UNLV GEAR UP middle and high school sites
joined in on the celebration (High Schools: Chaparral, Desert Pines, and Valley; Middle
Schools: Brinley, Fremont, Garside, Gibson, Knudson, Mack, Orr, Von Tobel, and West
Prep).

The school site coordinators at each of the twelve school sites had a variety of activities
throughout the week. These activities centered around college readiness, financial aid,
scholarships, career planning, study habits, mentoring, STEAM awareness, and much
more. Our participants were engaged in various activities by sharing their college goals,
dreaming and discussing their future careers, door decorating contests, enjoying college
trivia, college guest speaker presentations, decorating a college pennant, and drawing
their favorite College Mascot. In addition, some participants were recognized for various
achievements with a Domino’s Pizza, Chick-Fil-A, or Panda Express luncheon.Students were
recognized for participating in these activities with nutritious and delicious snacks,
lunch meals, and or educational enhancement items.

The UNLV GEAR UP program received special recognition during National GEAR UP
Week. It was an honor for the program to be recognized for their hard work, dedication,
and commitment to the participants we serve.

The UNLV GEAR UP was recognized by the City of Las Vegas and Clark County
Government The program was awarded two proclamations in support of postsecondary
planning, dedication, and having a positive impact in the Las Vegas valley. The Las
Vegas City Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy
proudly declared GEAR UP Days on September 28 th and October 4, 2022, respectively.