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Program Description

The Creating Higher Aspiration and Motivation Project (C.H.A.M.P.)/Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is one of 7 GEAR UP programs in the state of New Jersey serving 6th through 12th grade students. The project serves 419 Camden City middle and high school students with college access activities annually. The program includes a six-week summer enrichment program, which concentrates on increasing the studentsÃ??? skills in math, science, English, public speaking and computer science. Emphasis is also placed on self-esteem, social and cooperative skill building as well as career broadening experiences.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 297
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Rowan University