Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership

Summer 2015 Residential Program at Yale

July 13-31, 2015

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The Consultation Center presented awards for outstanding contributions that support our mission to promote health, wellness, and positive social change and to prevent individual and social problems and inequities:
>Award for Individual Excellence presented to Karen DuBois-Walton, Executive Director, Housing Authority of The City of New Haven, in recognition of her commitment to provide essential supports for New Haven’s most vulnerable children, adults, and families;
>Award for Organizational Excellence presented to DataHaven and its Executive Director, Mark Abraham, in recognition of outstanding efforts to collect, share, and interpret public data to improve the quality of life in Greater New Haven.

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The Consultation CenterOur mission at The Consultation Center, Inc., is to promote health and wellness, prevent mental health and substance abuse problems, and advance equity and social justice.


Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership

Yale Bridgeport GearUp Partnershipquote...education is the fault line between those who will prosper in the new economy and those who will not.  To prepare young people for the world of personal and professional choices in the 21st century, we must open the doors of college to all Americans.
-- U.S. Department of Educationquote


How do you encourage more than 1,500 middle-schoolers- plus their teachers, counselors, and families- to focus on planning for their futures?

The answer is GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a national initiative that began in 1999 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership plans to open as many doors as possible for Bridgeport students to attend college. The program aims to provide students with the skills and aspirations needed to graduate from high school and succeed in a productive post-secondary educational option of their choice. The funding for this project targets Bridgeport students who are in the graduating classes of 2014 and 2017 and will follow those students from seventh grade through their freshman year in college.

From the voices of recent Connecticut GEAR UP graduates...

  • "This program kept me from dropping out of high school." Takira, Cesar Batalla School.
  • "Now I know that just because my parents didn't go to college, doesn't mean I can't." Neil, Luis Munoz Marin School.
  • "GEAR UP has showed me that you can have fun while learning important lessons. The program has shown me how to be a better person." Joel, Winthrop Middle School.

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The Youth Development Training and Resource Center is a resource center and intermediary to assist youth programs, local youth-serving networks, and funders of youth agencies throughout Connecticut. YDTRC was founded in 1993 by the City Wide Youth Coalition and The Consultation Center. Through our services, we promote positive youth development and meaningful youth engagement. We can provide services or connect you to resources.

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