Step-by-step, grade-by-grade, GEAR UP Birmingham is committed to assisting students with the necessary resources needed to successfully navigate through high school, while preparing for college.
College Awareness Services
Take advantage of the resources below to help you gain familiarity with the college process. You can prepare for college tours or even learn how to use your advisors to your advantage
- Questions to Ask your Guidance Counselor
- Campus Visits
- 8 Rules for Selecting a College
- Get Schooled
College Prep Checklist
Make sure you are on track for college success. Below you will find checklists showing the steps you should be taking to ensure college can be a reality.
Use College Scorecard to find the college that’s the best fit for you
Mastering the ACT
Don’t just be prepared to take the ACT, be confident you will ace it. Here you will find many links that help you prepare in all areas for the ACT.
Preparing for the ACT
Parent & Student Tuition Waiver
GEAR UP Birmingham(GUB) is proud to partner with the Alabama Community College System(ACCS) to offer college tuition waivers to all GUB students and their eligible legal guardians. The waiver is available to the students of the Birmingham cohort upon successful completion of high school who meet the specified criteria for college admission. The GUB College tuition waiver is also available to the legal guardians of GUB students who are currently enrolled in the cohort and qualify for admission at any two-year institution or technical college within the ACCS.
Financial Literacy & Planning
The government offers many services to help students afford college. Get ahead of the game and learn about the options available to you.
Take advantage of the countless scholarship opportunities available, browse through a list of websites to aid you in your search.
Get a head start on learning how to manage your money. These resources provide students with helpful tips and ways to budget, save for college, shop smarter and more.
Career Exploration & Planning
Planning for your career can come with many questions, the ACT website provides you with the help you need to track your career options.
Career Interest Inventory
Take these two assessments to begin gathering information about yourself to help your career exploration process.
The map below, designed by United Way of Central Alabama, helps connect Gear Up parents, students, teachers, and staff with academic and community resources.
This website offers a variety of resources for you to navigate your life, whether you want to start a blog, listen to an interesting podcast or get homework help. Check out the links below for help based on your grade level.
TED Talks are a great way for young individuals to gain knowledge and insight into the world around them. These recommended TED Talks below are geared towards students like you!
Reading isn’t just enjoyable, but it improves literacy and knowledge. Expand your world by picking up a book.
Below you will find a list of helpful tools to help you succeed in the classroom. These platforms can help you with studying and test preparation for all subject areas.