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Providing Mentorship, Scholarships, and Support
Services for GEAR UP Alumni

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Meet Our Board

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We aim to maximize the potential of low-income, first-generation students from historically underserved areas by supporting them across the college-to-career finish line thus creating  long-lasting change for the next generation. 


Our goal is not only to support GEAR UP alumni, but also use our collective voice as alumni of GEAR UP programs to advocate for more funding and support for low-income and first-generation students across the country. Click the link below to email your congressional representatives via NCCEP's website. Takes less than 5 minutes!

What We Do

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We provide mentorship for all levels of education: high school, college, and career.


We provide transition and finish-line scholarships to help GEAR UP Alumni accomplish their dreams of gaining a college degree.

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We provide professional development workshops every other month, and have recordings on our website if you miss them.

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GUAA Chapters forming soon

Starting in fall of 2024, the GUAA will be forming and supporting chapters across the country!
This exciting opportunity will connect GEAR UP alumni locally and nationally, including opportunities to meet with GUAA board members and our Executive Director, and provide on-going services exclusive to GEAR UP alumni!

Help Support

Empower GEAR UP Alumni

Mentee Testimonials

My mentor is awesome! Super friendly and helpful with all the questions I have for her.

-Sophia Kim (2020 graduate) about mentor America Lopez (2017 graduate)

Our Partners

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