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Greetings from NYGEAR UP

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

--Francis of Assisi

Greetings from NYGEAR UP,

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation hosted the state GEARUP conference in Saratoga Springs April 11 to 13, where students from across the state were recognized for their participation in GEARUP. I was pleased to present a workshop with two of our students, Myah Thompson and Seth Colton, on "Building Effective Media Partnerships" that was well received by those in attendance. Eagle Newspaper publisher David Tyler and Clear Channel radio personality Kenny Dees attended the conference, as well and participated in the workshop.

On June 11, we will host a statewide conference at Syracuse University for GEARUP students entering college this fall. Students will participate in a variety of workshops to support a successful completion of their freshman year. Our last GEARUP conference for this grant year will be the national GEARUP conference in San Francisco, where we hope to present our workshop on media partnerships to a wider audience.

I am pleased to announce that Syracuse University has begun work on a reapplication for NY GEARUP funding. Our goal is to start with a new cohort of seventh graders this fall, who will be followed through their first year of college with GEARUP services. The seventh year of the grant is a great addition to the program as it will also provide us with an additional year of services to students who do not graduate on time. NY GEARUP will be partnering closely with Say Yes to Education and the University's Early College High School initiative to provide services to the cohort.

Congratulations to all of our students who have been accepted into colleges. I am hearing about some wonderful scholarships that have been earned by our students, and we will be profiling our students' college plans in the June issue of NY GEARUP.

MARISSA JOY MIMS

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