GAINING EARLY AWARENESS AND READINESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS (GEAR UP)

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National GEAR UP Week Endicott- St. John Cooperative Schools

Grant Baldwin guest speaker Endicott-St. John Middle SchoolSeptember 26, 2013 - As part of National GEAR UP week (September 23-27) Washington State University–Tri-Cities GEAR UP One Vision Partnership brought motivational speaker and author, Grant Baldwin, to speak with GEAR UP students.

Mr. Baldwin began his day in St. John. He spoke with the high school students about taking personal responsibility and making choices about what they want their lives to look like and not based on what has happened to them in the past. His emphasis with students that each day they decide if the road they are on and the choices they are making is taking them closer or farther from their goals. If they don’t like the direction they are headed – they simply need to change the choices they are making.

Mr. Baldwin then held a workshop with the freshman class called “Broke Piggy.” In that workshop he focused on teaching students “9 Life Lessons about Money.” He spent time explaining ways to pay for a college education and emphasized the importance of applying for scholarships. He also shared with students his own personal struggle earlier in life with credit cards and the associated debt.

Mr. Baldwin repeated an assembly for the middle school students in Endicott and then held the “Broke Piggy” workshop with the 8th grade GEAR UP students.

Other activities that week included a When I grow up… photos, college theme locker and teacher door decorating, and creating a GEAR UP dream wall.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a college access program providing students and families the support and resources they need for college success. GEAR UP is a federally funded grant based out of Washington State University Tri-Cities.

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