The map below, designed by United Way of Central Alabama, helps connect Gear Up parents, students, teachers, and staff with academic and community resources.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a competitive grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to develop comprehensive, research-driven programs to prepare low-income, minority, and first-generation students for higher education. GEAR UP students receive tutoring, mentoring, enhanced advisement from counselors, summer academic enrichment, and financial education to learn how to pay for college. GEAR UP programs change students’ lives by building a college-going culture in schools. In September of 2014, the Birmingham City School System was awarded a $19.6 million GEAR UP grant.

GEAR UP Birmingham will follow a cohort of 3,650 current 7th and 8th graders enrolled in 18  schools during the 2015-16 school year. This cohort of students will be followed for seven years until the 7th graders reach their first year in college.

Helpful tips for using this map:

  • Zoom in to see more labels and details
  • Click the blue graduation caps to view the GEAR UP programs offered in particular schools.
  • To view or hide Youth Development Centers, Health Care Clinics, Food Pantries, and Housing, click the boxes to the left of each of the labels in the Layer List window.
  • Click the icons on the map to view more information about any items, such as food pantries or health care centers.