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GEAR UP Jefferson County

June 2020

The current pandemic has changed the way we all live and conduct regular business and has forced educators to be even more flexible with how they reach students and keep them engaged. Our amazing partners have worked hard designing virtual camps that our students can still benefit from during the dog days of summer. GEAR UP Jefferson County is proud that our students have been busy creating, learning and growing as they participate in the variety of opportunities they have taken part in. We cannot wait to see their finished products and how they will continue to shine during this uncharted era in education! 


Moving in the RIGHT direction 
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Ready, Set, Go! 

As we all embark on the new challenges facing schools, GEAR UP Jefferson County wants to remind you that we are HERE to support your goals and initiatives. Please reach out to your area facilitator or Jenny Ceesay with any questions or ideas. 


GEAR UP Success Course: Our area facilitator team is developing an online college access course to provide via Google Classroom to GEAR UP students, using the national GEAR UP curriculum.

Digital Services: We have a bid posted for services for 2020-2021. We have included digital services.

FIVE: A partnership has been developed with a national career mentoring platform to provide ongoing mentoring starting with our ninth grade students via an app.

In-Person Services: We have communicated with our current partners that we do not know what the next school year will bring and challenged them to consider how they may provide services virtually. If in-person is possible, we would love to continue providing these type of services.



Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Alexiou-Ray

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Cassie Raulston, Dr. Amy Samuels, Dr. Greg Samuels and Dr. Alvin Taylor

Project Director: Jenny Ceesay

Financial Manager: Sharon Hardie

Administrative Assistant: Laura Howard

Area Facilitators: Chrystal Tolbert Abernathy, Demetrius Castleberry, Tiffany Dukes, Shay Traywick, Jacques Watkins

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