GEAR UP Georgia - Priority Model

Since 2016 the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has been designated by the Governor’s Office to lead GEAR UP Georgia (GUGa). The goal of GUGa Project is to increase the number of Georgia high need students who obtain a secondary school diploma and are prepared for and succeed in postsecondary education. The project has a statewide scope, proposing to serve over 12,000 high need students in over 40 schools in disadvantaged pockets of the state. In order to increase postsecondary access and success for these students, two different approaches have been adopted as models for delivering services and activities. Kennesaw State University (KSU) has been charged with overseeing one of those models, the Priority Model.

The Priority Model aims to serve 1,000 high school youth who have experienced homelessness or the foster care system (Priority Students). Priority Students in grades 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th are identified and recruited across five counties in Georgia. Currently targeted counties are: Bibb, Clayton, Cobb, Floyd, Fulton and Polk Counties. Year 4 will begin scaling up the process to add four additional counties.

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The services we provide are:

  • Academic Enrichment Services
    • In-Person Tutoring
    • Online 24/7 Homework Help
    • Online Self-Paced ACT/SAT Prep
  • Mentoring Services
    • Near-Peer Mentoring
    • School-Based Mentoring 
  • College and Career Exposure
    • College Tours
    • College Fairs
    • Career Exploration
  • Financial Aid Advising
    • Financial Literacy
    • FASFA Completion Workshops
    • Scholarship Searches and Application Assistance
  • Leadership Services
    • Student Ambassador Program
    • Statewide Leadership Summit
    • Summer Academies


Have a question or need some assistance? 

Feel free to reach out to our GEAR UP Coordinator at