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    • 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. The goal of the GEAR UP Georgia 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. 

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        • 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.

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          • 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 10th, 11th and 12th are identified and recruited across six counties in Georgia. Currently targeted counties are: Bibb, Clayton, Cobb, Floyd, Fulton and Polk. The future plan to scale up will include four additional counties.

          Staff Information:

          Kati Tatnall-Arias, MPH
          Program Coordinator, GEAR UP Georgia Priority Model
          Jacqueline Norton, M.Ed
          Program Assistant, GEAR UP Georgia Priority Model
          Shiannah Scott, MPA
          Program Assistant, GEAR UP Georgia Priority Model


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