Gearing Up to Improve College Success Rate in Kansas

Happy GEAR UP Day!

GEAR UP Kansas, the national grant-funded organization which helps 2,500 foster kids in Kansas attain college readiness, along with LifeBound is hosting a conference for students, parents and mentors today at Wichita State University.

GEAR UP prepares high school students for college, career and life success by working with tutors and academic coaches. As part of National GEAR UP day the Kansas branch and Wichita State University are bringing disadvantaged students from across the state. The Kansas GEAR UP Day is intended to establish personal, academic and coaching options for foster students, parents, mentors and teachers. The GEAR UP mission is for each child to graduate from college and attain gainful employment. Sessions for the event are based on my LifeBound student success and transition books. Today’s sessions include:

Parents and mentors will attend a session on “Coaching Students for College and Career Success.” Each of the participants will receive a LifeBound book based on the session they attended to help them carry out new goals they set for the rest of the school year and beyond.

Motivational speakers will also be presenting including Woody Roseland, five-time cancer survivor and comedian. Combining his serious hardships with humor, Woody speaks to people of all ages. His strong spirit and amazing resolve are models for students who face their own challenges and struggles from poverty to loss of family and parents.

If your program, school, or community is interested in learning more about how LifeBound can speak to your student population, we would love to hear from you. Email us at or call 303-327-5688.

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