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 fifth 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 2018, seventy rising 11th grade students were granted the opportunity to participate in the our summer internship program. Over the course of six weeks, students were placed in internships around Philadelphia to gain real-life work experience, and completed a professional development series designed to help them develop their leadership qualities and personal brand.

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For information about this program, email or call Jasmine Johnson at 215.985.3220, ext. 208.