GEAR UP Chicago is our largest grant-funded program and has impacted the lives of thousands of students

Making college real for students is the primary goal of the GEAR UP Chicago program. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) has had more than 25,000 Chicago public school students, parents, teachers and staff participate over the past seventeen years. We strive to improve academic performance and increase the postsecondary awareness for all students.



Margaret Boyter Escalona

Jenny Coulter-Zuluaga
Assistant Director