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    • On November 15, 2013, in partnership with Lehigh Carbon Community College and Allentown School District's High School Graduation Initiative, the GEAR UP staff from Allentown School District assisted in organizing the Your Future is Now Conference for both parents and students. In total, 142 GEAR UP students and parents from William Allen High School and Louis E. Dieruff High School participated in this event. The conference staged a variety of workshops that both students and parents could attend, where topics ranged from post-secondary support services and financial aid to setting and reaching educational and career goals while avoiding "Senioritis." In addition to the many workshops offered, the conference featured a college fair. All 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities were present along with many other regional colleges and universities to provide GEAR UP students and families with information and resources as they begin selecting colleges to apply to!

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    • Myron Yoder, Allentown-GEAR UP Program Director, was invited by the Governor’s Commission on Latino Affairs to be a panelist at the “Moving Forward Symposium” at DeSales University in December 2012.
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    • Maria Surita, Allentown-GEAR UP Parent Liaison working in William Allen High School, accepted an award from the Pennsylvania Parent-Teacher Association (PA PTA) at their annual state convention. The award was received on Saturday April 20, 2013 in recognition of the accomplishments of the William Allen High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA).  William Allen High School’s PTSA has flourished since 2012 in part due to the involvement of the GEAR UP Parent Liaison and its collaborative partnership with the Allentown-GEAR UP Parent Program.
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    • A total of five GEAR UP parents participating in Allentown-GEAR UP’s GED classes passed the GED Exam during the 2012-13 school year, and an additional six GEAR UP parents have registered to take the GED Exam in June/July 2013.