GEAR UP Family Initiatives Project Increases Services in 2008-2009

Summer 2009 | | November 19, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Based on the school site needs, the Family Initiatives Project (FIP) provided a variety of services to more schools in the 2008-2009 schoolyear.  The comments from families (in italics) were positive and offered ideas on expanding.  

During Spring 2009 several GEAR UP schools held a Family University Day, presented by the GEAR UP Family Initiatives Project (FIP) staff: Marsha King, Project Coordinator; Jill Campbell, Project Assistant, Qiana Patterson, Facilitator; and Cloteal Herron, Facilitator.  Each school has a FIP contact and parent volunteers who invite parents and students to the sessions.  These one-day events were at the following schools: Martin Luther King Academic (San Francisco), Desert Willow Intermediate, Monterey Highlands Elementary School, White Middle School, Winton Middle School, and Shadow Hills Intermediate School.  Other schools held a series of Family Education workshops.

Monterey Highlands Elementary School, Monterey Park

FIP materials are available at our Resource College Corner an distributed by our GAP Counselor at parent mini-conferenc College field trip.  We also do a College Shirt Day the whole school (K-8).  We need to get other staff volunteer their time to help at Family University.  

  • Valuable information in simple and understandable language

Shadow Hills Intermediate, Palmdale

We continually remind families about the benefits from FIP and GEAR UP with quarterly fliers.

  • Thank you all for giving me and my family these tools and informat my child understand the importance of attending college
  • ion to help

White Middle School, Carson 

Three events occurred in May for families: Open House, Multicultural Night and Progress Report Night.   In June, we invited families to many more events like Award’s Night, Promotion Dance and the actual Promotion ceremony.

  • Very informative. Very important for us parents to understand.  Well explained by facilitator
  • Excellent Job!  I love the GPA game.  Keep up the great work

Desert Willow Intermediate, Palmdale

We have used the Family Initiatives Project to spread awareness of the college requirements and opportunities to African-American families.

  • This was a great program.  It needs to be done at the beginning of school year, in the middle and toward the end of school year to give more parents the opportunity to learn about program.

Winton Middle School, Hayward

We engage families early in school year.  Our plan is to form a “College Going Culture” parent group at our school site.  FIP has helped us connect with our African American parents and develop more positive relationships.  It involves them more in the school community.  Parents appreciate and utilize the information to start preparing for college now.

  • Topics were well connected with family and university

Visitacion Valley Middle School, San Francisco

We use the Family Initiatives Project to bring families to the school site, providing them with information about scholarships, high school graduation requirements and encouraging all students and their families to attend. We are promoting the college-going culture.

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