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Welcome to the K-16 GEAR UP page. Join us to be a part of a city-wide college readiness strategy connecting colleges/universities to Philadelphia Public High Schools.



The GEAR UP CRCC (College Readiness Collaborative Communities)  project serves 53 middle/high schools in the School District of Philadelphia and works to build the capacity of schools to address the needs of students for college and career readiness preparation. A key component of the project is partnerships with local colleges and universities. PHENND is leading a team of university partners who will leverage university resources (particularly college student volunteers) in support of the GEAR UP CRCC project.

PHENND will manage a cohort of campus partners who will in turn, recruit, train, place and manage college student volunteers using a “College Positive Volunteerism” framework. Primary activities include tutoring in math and English, college visits, career day speakers, and integration of service-learning courses.

PHENND has a long track record of accomplishment with campus-school partnerships generally, as well as with GEAR UP and the School District of Philadelphia specifically. PHENND partnered on the GEAR UP Partnership grant for seven years, helping to support the AVID Tutoring program.

Partner Institutions and Contact Information:

For a map of GEAR UP Schools click here.

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