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  • GEAR UP 4 LA
  • 333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 11th Floor ISIC
  • Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • 213-241-6871
  • Sharon Yamada West
  • Program Coordinator

Program Description

GEAR UP 4 LA (GU4LA) consists of two grants operating at 16 school sites in the Belmont/Bernstein/ Kennedy Zones of Choice. We receive approximately $5 million in federal funding every year. Our unique cohort model follows the same group of students for six years, meaning our current ninth and tenth graders have been with GEAR UP 4 LA since 2011. Another 7-year grant began in 2014 and serves students from the graduating classes of 2020-21. We serve approximately 6,500 students in total. 50% of our students live within the Promise Zone, an area designated by President Obama's initiative to expand educational opportunities. They face challenges including transience, living below the poverty line, and being the first in their family to attend college.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 3250
  • Middle School: 3250
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Emory University
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Purdue University-Main Campus
  • University of California-Los Angeles