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GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a national discretionary grant program that creates innovative programing to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. SCSD is one of ten recipients of the grant across New York State (five school districts and five community-based organizations were chosen) that were provided with six years of funding to service the 2022/2023 cohort of 7th graders through their twelfth-grade year. Our services will not only benefit the students through tutoring, mentoring, college tours, early career experiences, and financial literacy, but it will benefit their parents and guardians as well. This grant has the opportunity to provide career and academic courses/workshops to families to assist them in their own academic and career journeys.

Syracuse Family Night Special Invitation from CoolSpeak Motivational Speaker: Lamarr Womble 


Discover Your Future at OCC (Onondga Community College)-College & CTE Focused Tour for Paretns/Guardians & Students!

Are you a parent or guardian eagerly seeking the perfect educational path for your rising 8th-grade student? Look no further! Join us for an exhilarating College & CTE Focused Tour on August 17, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and unlock a world of opportunities for your child's future!
CTE Pathways - Your Gateway to Success:
Discover the immense potential of Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways available at OCC. Our innovative CTE programs provide hands-on training and industry-relevant skills, paving the way for your student's bright future. Whether your child dreams of becoming an engineer, a culinary expert, an artist, or anything in between, OCC has the perfect CTE pathway to ignite their passion and potential.
Convenience at Your Fingertips:
We value your time and comfort. That's why we have arranged transportation to and from the campus for all participants. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a seamless journey to your child's future. No worries about traffic or parking! Lunch will also be provided. 
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity! Secure your spot for the College & CTE Focused OCC Tour on August 17, 2023, by REGISTRATION is Closed. 

Summer College & Career Readiness Mini-Camp @ Onondaga Community College

*Registration Closed*
We are thrilled to announce a fantastic opportunity for your rising 8th grade student to kick start their 8th grade year by participating in the NYGEAR UP College & Career Readiness Mini-Camp at Onondaga Community College. This two-week program, taking place from August 14th to August 25th, will run from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm daily. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch will be provided! Along with a field trip to LeMoyne College for a tech day to explore coding, cybersecurity, and more!  There are limited spaces, so register using the link above REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 4 PM FRIDAY AUGUST 4TH. If you need assistance with registration please contact NYGEAR UP Coordinator Brandi Williams at 315-435-6231 Monday-Friday 9-5 pm of stop by Central Office 725 Harrison Street for a paper registration. 

Spotlight on Excellence: 
NYGEAR UP Logo Design Contest Winner

May 2023, NYGEAR UP held a contest to find a new logo to represent the program for New York State. All ten sites from the following locations in New York (Binghampton, Bronx, Dunkirk, Freeport, Jamestown, Manhattan, Newburgh, Ossining, Queens, Rochester, Roosevelt, Schenectady, and Syracuse) were eligible for student submissions. The Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) asked the students to design a logo, with the only stipulation being that the design needed to incorporate the program name, "NYGEAR UP". There were over 60 submissions from Syracuse City School District. The State Director of NYGEAR UP had students and chaperones who attended The Power of Youth Summer Leadership Academy at Wells College vote on the submissions that made it to the final round. It was a unanimous decision that SCSD student Lulacha LoseLose, rising 8th grade scholar of Frazer Pre K-8! His design will be used as the new logo for all things NYGEAR UP for the state, he will receive the logo on a t-shirt, and a $100 cash prize!  


The Power of Youth Summer Leadership Academy

Overnight & Early College Experience @ Wells College

June 29-July 2, 2023, 18 GEAR UP students had the opportunity to visit Wells College in Aurora, New York for The Power of Youth Summer Leadership Academy, hosted by HESC and CoolSpeak. There, students lived in a college dorm for a few days with other GEAR UP students from across the state and learned how to advocate and empower themselves and others by using their voices to make a positive change.




College Day Trip: Cornell University

NYGEAR UP, SUNY, and Cornell University teamed up to bring 100 students from our GEAR UP schools {Ed Smith, HW Smith, Huntington, Frazer, Lincoln, Grant, & Roberts} to an early college experience day at Cornell University on June 14, 2023. There, they enjoyed a walking tour of campus including Beebe Lake & the Statler Hotel!, lunch in Toni Morrison Dinig Hall, tours of over 23 libraries (including the Harry Potter room!), sports spaces on campus, and a vist with raptors! Each of these activities provided a preview into what they can study and look forward to if they choose to make Cornell University one of their post secondary SUNY options!

(1) to increase the academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education
(2) to increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in post-secondary education
(3) to increase student and family knowledge of post-secondary preparation, financing, and education options

Our mission is to: 
  • Increase students’ academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education.
  • Increase high school graduation rates among NYGEAR UP students.
  • Increase NYGEAR UP students’ participation in postsecondary education, with an emphasis on college readiness, college fit and academic alignment to high-demand fields and sectors of the economy.
  • Increase the rate of college persistence and completion of NYGEAR UP students.
  • Increase student and family knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing.

Important EventsTune back in for more upcoming summer programming!

National GEAR UP Week Family Engagement Night
Free Dinner & Childcare provided REGISTER HERE
- Dinner Catered by Bianchi’s Catering & Pizza
- Family Activity: Values & Goals Positive Communication
- Overview of NYGEAR UP programming & Le Moyne College Erie 21 Tutoring
Discover Your Future at OCC (Onondga Community College)-College & CTE Focus
Are you a parent or guardian eagerly seeking the perfect educational path for your rising 8th-grade student? Look no further! Join us for an exhilarating College & CTE Focused Tour on August 17, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and unlock a world of opportunities for your child's future!
Register here (* Link will go live at 12:00 PM Monday 8/7/23)
Summer College & Career Readiness Mini-Camp @ OCC
When: August 14-25, 2023
Where: Onondaga Community College
How: Complete this form to register for the mini-camp 

Erie 21 Quantitative Thinking Village Summer Program@ Le Moyne College
*Registration Closed*
Click on the link  to sign up for an exciting FREE one-week STEM program offered at Le Moyne College next week, 7.17.23-7.21.23! ONLY 3-4 spots remaining! 8:30 AM -3:30 PM. Transportation is needed...

Learn to code
Gain hands-on experience 
Experiment with robotics
Become familiar with basic programming principles
Delve into mobile app development
Experience the Le Moyne College campus
2 meals are provided daily in the LMC dining hall.
Cool swag for attending!
NYGEAR UP Logo Design Contest Winner 2023
We would like to celebrate the artistic talents of Lulacha LoseLose, Frazer Pre K-8 rising 8th grader, for winning the NYGEAR UP Logo Design Contest! Lulacha will not only receive his logo on a t-shirt, a $100 cash prize, but his logo will be used as the state wide logo for the NYGEAR UP Program. Congratulations to our young artist scholar!
SCSD Welcomes NYGEAR UP & Cool Speak
NYGEAR UP Parent Meetings
Check back here for upcoming Parent Meetings!
Anthony Q. Davis, Superintendent
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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