Collaboration is key
In addition to $32 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Arizona GEAR UP receives a dollar-for-dollar match in services and resources from our local community project partners. These partnerships leverage resources, build capacity, and support grant priorities to make sure students from low-income and under-served communities are prepared to excel in postsecondary education.
Arizona K12 Center Accordion Closed
Arizona K12 Center is part of the NAU College of Education. the Center creates and facilitates professional development for Arizona educators to improve teaching and leadership. For Arizona GEAR UP middle schools, the Center teaches educators how to enhance math instruction and student learning through collaborative and reflective means. Based on student-centered research, content provides academic standards, best practices, and program evaluation.
Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC) Accordion Closed
ABEC supports collaboration between business and education leaders to increase measurable outcomes for every student. Also, ABEC inspires middle school students to become their own best advocates through the Middle School Exploration Careers project. Students explore career options through hands-on activities and real-world experience with professional experts. ABEC provides a vital link between school success and the workforce as it nurtures students’ career goals.
Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) Accordion Closed
ACPE expands access and increases success in postsecondary education for Arizonans. Since 1997, ACPE has assisted with more than 65,000 FAFSA filings. It shares student-level FAFSA completion data with Arizona GEAR UP partner schools to help counselors monitor and respond to student FAFSA status. ACPE also coordinates and hosts college application and FAFSA completion events at target schools.
Be a Leader Foundation (BALF) Accordion Closed
BALF increases postsecondary success for underrepresented students through mentorship and leadership development. For Arizona GEAR UP, the Foundation helps ease the transition from high school to college by capacity building with school counselors. By employing a case management approach, students receive individualized support with the college and financial-aid application process to increase postsecondary enrollment.
Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) Accordion Closed
CFA leads Arizona Pathways to Prosperity to create meaningful change in Arizona’s workforce and educational systems. Through career literacy and work-based learning opportunities, it provides career exploration in high-demand fields. Additionally, CFA helps close the student-achievement gap with its Beat the Odds Leadership Academy, which creates a culture of high expectations to close achievement gaps and increase academic performance.
College Success Arizona (CSA) Accordion Closed
CSA helps students from all backgrounds stay on track to graduate from college, which includes help with postsecondary planning, ACT/SAT tests, college applications, FAFSA completion, parental involvement, and financial literacy. CSA also provides College Access Professional training for educators across the state to advise and support students who enroll in Arizona universities.
Expect More Arizona (EMA) Accordion Closed
EMA advocates for critical education issues and family engagement in student success. It promotes access to world-class education to all Arizona students through a statewide communications campaign and outreach strategies. By convening statewide partners, EMA brings diverse communities together to deepen the college-going culture, which supports student achievement and helps increase postsecondary success in Arizona.
Helios Education Foundation Accordion Closed
Helios Education Foundation enriches the lives of students and creates opportunities to succeed in postsecondary education. Through strategic partnerships, it helps ensure academic preparation for students at every stage of education. Because of Helios Education Foundation, every senior in Arizona GEAR UP 5E schools and A60 schools receive a Senior Launch Guide, a tool that facilitates postsecondary career exploration.
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships’ Career and College Clubs (NCCEP) Accordion Closed
NCCEP’s College and Career Clubs curriculum helps underserved students, grades 7 through 12, plan for postsecondary options. The program available to GEAR UP 5E middle-grade schools, 5E high schools, and A60 schools, seeks to increase the number of students who enroll and complete postsecondary education. The peer-led curriculum identifies knowledge, skills, and actions students must master to be college- and career-ready upon graduation from high school.
Student Success Agency (SSA) Accordion Closed
SSA empowers students to realize their dreams with a robust digital mentoring program. Mentoring services include social/emotional development, financial aid support, and college advising to increase high school graduation and postsecondary understanding, enrollment, and success.