EWC GEAR UP student selected to represent Wyoming in the national GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy

Kaylarae Lawrence

KaylaRae Lawrence, EWC student and GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy selection

Eastern Wyoming College GEAR UP and Veterinary Technology student KaylaRae Lawrence, sophomore, from Riverton, WY; has been selected to participate in the national GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA).

GUALA is a 12-month leadership development program for alumni of the federal GEAR UP program. The selected Alumni leaders will travel to Washington, DC, in June and receive training on grassroots advocacy, social media advocacy, and leadership skills during a week-long retreat. The Alumni leaders will return home to work toward creating positive changes in the education policy for the younger GEAR UP students.

KaylaRae grew up in Riverton where she participated in the GEAR UP Program. She chose to attend post-secondary education as a GEAR UP student at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming. KaylaRae has been part of GEAR UP Wyoming and GEAR UP EWC for several years as a team leader, peer mentor and GEAR UP Club Co President, Vice President and sophomore student representative for the Vet Tech Club. “Without the GEAR UP program I truly feel I would not have been able to achieve these successes and I am so grateful to the GEAR UP staff that feels like a family who have helped me along the way,” said KaylaRae.

GEAR UP is a federally funded college access and success program serving approximately 700,000 low-income students across 43 states and three territories in the United States. GEAR UP Wyoming, located at the University of Wyoming, serves more than 2,000 7th-through 12th-graders and college freshmen statewide. Services include academic tutoring, financial literacy, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion assistance, college campus tours and parent engagement programs.

GUALA is offered by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, GEAR UP’s national training and technical assistance provider. The Kresge Foundation also provides funding for the program, for more information go to http://www.edpartnerships.org/GUALA