Fayetteville State University’s GEAR UP Program announced today its celebration of the First Annual National GEAR UP Day. This day commemorates 10 years of success for the transformative Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP); a college access program created during the Clinton Administration. Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of low-income students across the United States.
To date, Fayetteville State University’s GEAR UP Program has served over 3,600 students, in Cumberland County, since it began in 2000. The program provides early college preparation and awareness services through mentoring, tutoring, counseling, outreach, and other supportive services for students, educators, and parents. A graduate of the GEAR UP Program in 2007, Kelsy McCrae, currently a Junior at Fayetteville State University states, “I am very excited about the 1st Annual National GEAR UP Day. When I was in the program, I participated in tutoring and I had a chance to visit colleges in Washington D.C., Florida, and Virginia. As well, GEAR UP taught me a lot about being a good student. It is important that children understand that it is ok to follow in someone else’s footsteps but they must also leave an imprint of their own. My experience with GEAR UP has given me that level of confidence. I am thankful for the GEAR UP Program. It works.”
National GEAR UP Day is a time to celebrate accomplishments like this in the local community. According to the Director of GEAR UP at Fayetteville State University, Teresa Thompson-Pinckney, “GEAR UP is a program that is in the business of saving young peoples’ lives. We believe that students are empowered to make good decisions when they have support with their school work and are exposed to the options that are available to them after they graduate from high school. Not only do we support the students, but we provide support to their parents and their teachers. We strip away the barriers, to ensure that all children have access to college.”
For more information about Fayetteville State University’s GEAR UP Program, please contact Teresa Thompson-Pinckney at 910-672-1034. To learn more about the national GEAR UP program, please contact the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships at 202-530-1135 or www.edpartnerships.org.
The GEAR UP Program at Fayetteville State University seeks to increase the percentage of low-income students who go to college. The schools served by GEAR UP are Anne Chesnutt Middle, Luther “Nick” Jeralds Middle, Westover Middle, E.E. Smith High, Seventy First High and Westover High. For additional information, please visit us at www.uncfsu.edu/gearup.