Washington State GEAR UP Resources

The following resources were created by Washington State GEAR UP staff.  

2016 National GEAR UP Week Toolkit
Get ideas and tips on how to celebrate National GEAR UP Week in your school!

College Knowledge Family Newsletters
Monthly family newsletters with college readiness information for students by grade-level (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12). These newsletter templates come pre-loaded with info and areas to customize and add your events and contact information to personalize for your school! Available in English and in Spanish.

College Spotlight Flyers and the ABC's of College Posters
Use to help create a college-going culture in your school and community. Display in your school, on a bulletin board, in a newsletter, PowerPoint presentation, or even on your social media pages. 

Fillable Family Night Poster
A fillable PDF Family Night Poster for schools to use to advertise GEAR UP family night events in their school and community.

Financial Aid 101: 2016-17
Use this guide to learn how you can begin finding and applying for money to finance your education!

GEAR UP College Knowledge Games & Activities for Students and Families
Use this collection of college knowledge and cooperative learning games with students or during family events.

GEAR UP Service Definitions

The following GEAR UP Student Service Definitions are used by GU school-based coordinators for tracking grant activities. These definitions clarify the Activity Type to assign to a particular activity into our data collection portal.

Getting Ready for Campus Visits: A GEAR UP Handbook for Providing Campus Visits for Middle and High School Students
Includes best practices and resources to help plan meaningful on-campus experiences. Contains replicable, customizable tools.

Grant Management Documents
The Washington State GEAR UP Program has created a number of forms, policies, and worksheets to help GEAR UP grant administrators and site directors track, complete, and submit the data required to run a successful program. If you're from a GEAR UP program in another state, please feel free to use our Coordinator Manual as a template to customize your program's materials.

I Heart GEAR UP Placards
For use during National GEAR UP Week and other times of advocacy.

Preparing Students with Disabilities for Postsecondary Education: A Resource Guide for Use with GEAR UP School Staff
Designed to assist those who work with high school students with disabilities who plan to continue their education in postsecondary institutions, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities.

Reversible GEAR UP Banner
Take this reversible banner with you and your students on trips and to events and be sure to capture the moment with a photo! The banner should be printed no smaller than 24" long by 8.75" high. Consider getting the banner laminated to increase its durability.

Scholarships
View this list of upcoming scholarship opportunities as well as an archive of past annual opportunities to help plan for the next year.

Senior Year Binder System: Advisor’s Guide to a Student Organizational Plan for College Admissions & Financial Aid
This binder system can be used with high school seniors to help them stay organized during the college and financial aid application process. This manual provides guidance on how to assemble the binder, provides examples, and explains the rationale.

Supporting Transgender Students: College Admissions & Financial Aid. A Resource Guide for College Access Professionals
Designed to assist college access professionals who work with high school students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). The information provided has an emphasis on supporting transgender youth who plan to continue their education at a postsecondary institution.

Washington Campus Visit Information for GEAR UP Groups: Fall 2016-17
Washington's colleges and universities offer a variety of activities for middle and high school tour groups. This matrix provides the necessary contact and background information to help coordinate a GEAR UP campus visit. This resource will be updated annually in the summer and as needed.

Washington State GEAR UP Bulletin
This weekly program bulletin is distributed via email. It includes program specific reminders and information, but also includes a wealth of resources that support college and career readiness programming. It continues to be one of our more popular program resources, and the free distribution has expanded beyond GEAR UP schools. To subscribe, email Beth Kelly at bethk@wsac.wa.gov.