GEAR UP is funded by the United States Department of Education to help low-income students succeed in school and post-secondary education.

This is the fourth year that The Urban League of Philadelphia has provided program support for GEAR UP in the School District of Philadelphia.

Under the current Adopt-A-School model, The Urban of Philadelphia, along with consultant firm TriZen, LLC. works to bring leadership and professional development workshops to all 12 GEAR UP high schools in the district. Each school is partnered with a corporation whose employees participate in the monthly workshops.

Current Partnerships:

Ben Franklin High School and Independence Blue Cross

Frankford High School and TD Bank

Kensington Creative and Performing Arts and iHeartMedia

Kensington High School and PGW

Kensington Health Sciences High School and AmeriHealth

Martin Luther King High School and PRWT Services, INC.

Overbrook High School and Aramark

Penn Treaty Middle/High School and Wawa

Samuel Fels High School and SEPTA

School of the Future and Comcast

Thomas Edison High School and UPS

West Philadelphia High School


GEAR UP Summer

In Summer 2016, sixty rising 9th and 10th grade students were granted the opportunity to participate in the ‘Earn & Learn’ college and career exposure program. Over the course of two weeks, the students participated in workshops which included financial literacy and resume writing and trips to the campuses of the Community College of Philadelphia, Temple University, and Lincoln University.


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Gear up today! call
215.985.3220 ext. 211
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For information about this program, email or call Gabrielle Bailey at 215.985.3220, ext. 211.