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Vaughn Gear Up Partnership

LA Promise Zone GEAR UP Grant

Life of the Grant: September 25, 2019 - September 24, 2024
Funding: $1,612,000 per grant year (contingent upon appropriations by U.S. Congress)
The Goal: In partnership with 11 partner high schools in the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood, the Mission of the GEAR UP Partnership is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education by increasing academic performance and preparation, increasing high school graduation rate and increasing student and family awareness around college.  
Federal Expectations: The U.S. Department of Education expects that grantees work with partner schools to improve the academic performance and preparation for students while empowering parents to support their students’ goals.  Currently serving 10th and 11th graders in the program components below:
Program Components:
  • Individual Advising
  • Test Prep
  • Tutoring
  • College/Educational Field Trips
  • Parent Workshops


The Team
GEAR UP Coordinators:
Jennifer Barrios | Yesenia Ibarra
Alicia Santana | Blanca Rios
Jasmine Tovar | Daniela Flores

 Special Programs Manager: Vanessa Montano

GEAR UP Assistant Director: Cesar Perez
Partner High Schools
  • Vaughn, VISA
  • Bert Corona Charter
  • Sylmar Biotech Health Academy
  • APEX Academy of Hollywood
  • STEM Academy of Hollywood
  • Helen Bernstein 
  • Discovery Prep Charter 
  • Social Justice Humanitas Academy 
  • ARTES Magnet
  • Academy of Scientific Exploration