Four MSU MI GEAR UP program students were recently chosen to participate in the 2015 National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)/GEAR UP Youth Congress that took place July 19-22, 2015 as part of the NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. The four students – Nohamys Gatorno-Cisneros from Lansing, MI; Joseph “Julio” Joseph from Lansing, MI; Katlyn Tews from Lansing, MI; and Kaitlyn Willis from Jackson, MI -- were among 120 students from across the United States who took part in the conference. They were chosen from the 42 students in the MSU GEAR UP Student Leadership Academy (GUSLA) in a competitive process.
The Youth Congress is a youth leadership program that implements a student-focused curriculum, blending leadership development with life skills and strategies for increased learning. GEAR UP students who participated in the Youth Congress had the opportunity to experience a professional conference while interacting and learning with other students from across the country.
During the conference, students learned strategies for increasing learning capacity, as well as relationship and communication skill-building. They were also able to experience leadership skill development, while strengthening their confidence to effectively tell their story.
Students also watched a screening of the inspirational documentary “Underwater Dreams” about at-risk high school students who bested MIT in a robotics competition using spare parts, learned about STEM issues and careers in a session organized by Texas Instruments, participated in four plenary sessions, and engaged with GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA) students and NCCEP summer college interns in a special near-peer session. A recap of events from the Youth Congress, including video clips, can be found online.
The MSU MI GEAR UP Program offers academic year activities to eligible students that include: Saturday Workshops focused on specific skill development in the areas of financial literacy and financial aid, as well as exposure to careers in science, technology, engineering and math; School Outreach to discuss MSU MI GEAR UP opportunities; Campus Visits with various departments across MSU’s campus and viewing university attractions such as the National Superconducting Cyclotron and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, as well as other college campuses in the area; Field Trips to historical places such as the Charles Wright Museum and the Underground Railroad station in Detroit; and the MSU MI GEAR UP Summer Program.
For more information about the MSU MI GEAR UP Program, please visit their website.