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LA GEAR-UP CONFERENCE
Pictured: Melanie Colvin, Jayden Gilliam, Ashton Malone, ConKeithica Jackson, Darrell Jackson Jr., Jeremiah Thomas, and EuMarcus Hicks represented Lincoln Preparatory School at the LA GEAR-UP Conference in Shreveport, LA
On May 11-13, 2017, around 250 Louisiana students converged in the Shreveport Convention Center to talk and learn about their futures.
The LA GEAR UP Conference, funded through the U.S. Department of Education and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, aims to prepare students elementary, middle and high school students for post-secondary education, including college.
LA GEAR UP is short for Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is financially supported by the U.S. Department of Education, which awards grants at high-need middle and high schools. Back in 2016, Louisiana was awarded a $24.5 million GEAR UP grant. It has to be matched dollar-for-dollar with state or private funds or in-kind contributions. According to GEAR UP, their grants have three objectives:
1. Increase the academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education.
2. Increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in post-secondary education.
3. Increase GEAR UP students' and their families' knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation and financing.
Mary Cobb-Marshall, LOSFA Regional Coordinator for East Baton Rouge Parish, stated that the three-day conference equipped local students with the tools they need to get to their options for higher education with enough funds and knowledge to succeed. "We've brought in people from college boards that talked about the rigor, AP, ACT, how to improve their test-taking skills," she said.
Darrell Jackson, Ashton Malone, Jayden Gilliam, and Jeremiah Thomas represented Lincoln Preparatory School by attending the LA GEAR UP Leadership Conference. Melanie Colvin and EuMarcus Hicks represented Lincoln Preparatory School’s faculty at the conference. Tiki Dudley, mother of Darrell Jackson, served as a parental chaperone. The theme of the conference was “Leaders Rising to the Occasion.” Our students learned so much and showed their leadership abilities. Students participated in classes, small group activities, and whole group activities. Ashton Malone convinced his group that he should be the leader of the Silver team. Jayden Gilliam volunteered to go on stage with the conference’s guest speaker to let other students know that bad choices could stop a student from meeting their educational goals. Lincoln Preparatory School is relying on these four students to help other students improve their educational focus and achieve their educational goals.
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