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2022 GEAR UP West: Call for Proposals

All sessions are one hour and fifteen minutes in duration and will typically be held in theater-style rooms (arranged like a classroom, without tables) to maximize seating capacity.

All presenters are required to register and pay the conference registration fee. The primary and secondary presenter registration fee will be reduced by $100. Presenters will be responsible for travel, lodging, and conference expenses. There is a limit of two reduced registrations per presentation.

Creative Ways to Engage Students During Virtual Learning Presentation Slides

Trying to find creative ways to engage students virtually? Come hear how the GEAR UP Achievers of South King County in Washington have utilized social media and virtual office hours to engage students virtually in STEM and college access. Participants will hear about our weekly STEM challenges and STEM club along with how to use platforms like Nearpod and Pear Deck to create fun and engaging office hour sessions for students. We'll also be discussing ways to recruit students and keep them coming back! This session is intended for school-based GEAR UP staff.

Campus Visits Go Virtual: Strategies, Lessons and Resources to Take Your Tours Online Presentation Slides

Join this session to hear about how campus visits are taking place in a virtual environment. We will share best practices from both GEAR UP Washington and FOCUS Training on implementation and the delivery of engaging experiences for students. As part of the program, participants can expect to receive sample activities, curriculum and to connect with others in sharing best practices.

Beyond the Bubble Bath Presentation Slides

This workshop explores why self and collective care are crucial for all youth-serving adults. As a group, we will explore concepts of trauma, stress, burnout, compassion fatigue. Learn what it means for youth-serving adults to take mental and emotional self-care to effectively support students. Lara will share a framework, which prioritizes both youth and adult resilience and well-being. Participants will walk away with strategies to implement in their own programs and practices for self and collective care.

Creating Trauma-Responsive Schools that Foster Resilient Environments for Youth & Adults Presentation Slides

The trauma-informed schools movement has never been more relevant. Schools committed to cultivating trauma-informed change can successfully buffer the multiple adversities we are collectively facing. We will discuss the phenomenon of collective and individual trauma and tangible ways in which the school community can buffer against these struggles. Protective factors that foster resilience for both students and adults can be cultivated at the school level.

Supporting Homeless Youth with Financial Aid Presentation Slides

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experienced homelessness on their own each year. The outbreak and resulting economic crisis have pushed more youth into homelessness, and at the same time, exacerbated the challenges of youth who were homeless prior to the outbreak. Yet higher education remains their best long-term opportunity for economic independence, health, stability, and well-being. Unaccompanied homeless youth face extraordinary challenges filling out the FAFSA.

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