Meet the GEAR UP Team
Kristen M. Griego
Additional GEAR UP Staff:
Math Intervention Instructor
J. Daniel Vonderhaar
GEAR UP 2023 Highlights
On December 6, 2023, we took our STEM Medical Careers Club to UNM Medical School. Students did suturing and pharmacy compounding workshops, explored labs, and "speed-dated" with professionals from different departments.
On November 28, 2023, we took our 8th grade class to tour the UNM Engineering Department. They toured the labs, learned about cancer research and building racecars, and competed in an engineering challenge.
Tuesday, November 14- Thursday, November 16, we celebrated College Application Week. We helped seniors applyto college during their English classes, and we had an inspirational speaker from CoolSpeak talk to our students.
On Wednesday, October 4 - Friday, October 6, we attended the GUNM Student Leadership Conference. Students engaged in workshops on financial literacy, career exploration, college preparation, and public speaking.
On Wednesday, August 23 we toured NMSU & DACC Campus and explored their departments.
On May 11, 2023 we hosted College Signing Day. During this ceremony, we honored seniors who were going to college, the workforce, or military. Cords were also distributed. Following the ceremony, we had a family meal, a photo station, firepits, and s'mores. It was wonderful to spend time with and celebrate our seniors.
On April 17-20, 2023, GEAR UP's Student Leadership Club (CEOs) hosted multiple Earth Week events. They cleaned up SHS campus, and had a Tie-Dye, How to Make Upcycled Bags, and Gardening for Mental Health Workshop.
On March 7, 2023, GEAR UP hosted a Career Fair and Mock It till you Rock It event. We had 19 community partners come to SHS to talk with students about career options and to conduct mock interviews. The week before, the juniors created their resumes in their English class so they came prepared to discuss their qualifications.
On February 23-24, 2023, GEAR UP took 23 middle school girls to the GEAR UP Girls STEM Conference. Students heard from women in STEM, engaged in hands-on demonstrations and workshops, and developed interest in different areas of STEM.
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NMT Upward Bound- Math and Science. GEAR UP and Upward Bound are sister programs. They are both federal grants that bring in additional funds to support Socorro students. However, every student (7-12) is eligible to receive free services from GEAR UP, whereas, Upward Bound students must apply and be accepted into the program to receive free services. In addition, Upward Bound only serves high school students who are low income and first-gen (parents did not graduate a 4-year college). Upward Bound is an amazing program, and if you are an eligible freshman or sophomore, we encourage you to apply. To learn more about Upward Bound, click here to visit their website.
Warrior Wellness Coalition - 24/7 Hotline - 575-838-2543. Partnership between Socorro Schools and many community partners that seeks to meet the needs of all students to ensure that they can learn and thrive. The Warrior Wellness Line is available to all students and their families who need assistance with mental health support or assistance with other basic needs such as housing, medicaid eligibility, food, clothing, school supplies, child care assistance or assistance accessing other community resources. Families can also speak with the Counselor, Social Worker, or administrator at any school site to gain access to this support.
Michigan Ave Marketplace - Located in the SHS Cafeteria - 575-838-2543. Free grocery store available to students each week. Hygiene items and clothing items are also available. Located at Socorro High School. If students at other sites are in need of food assistance, food can be delivered to the school site or student home.
Socorro Storehouse ( Monthly Food Boxes)- 575-835-2079
MWCAP NM- 575-835-0899
Puerto Seguro Safe Harbor, Inc. - 575-418-0134. Offers home cooked meals, clothing, showers, and food assistance to Socorro County
SCSD’s McKinney Vento Program provides support to students who are experiencing homelessness. Homelessness under this federal law includes: living doubled up with another family because housing is unaffordable; living in temporary housing such as a hotel, RV, etc; living in substandard conditions such as housing without utilities; unaccompanied youth for any reason. This program can also assist with obtaining documentation required to apply for housing benefits and can assist with the housing application process. Liaison - Frances Fuller, LCSW - 575-838-2543. Navigator - Jill Madrid-Angel - 575-838-2749
Socorro County Housing Authority- 575-835-0196. Various programs available depending on qualifications. Socorro Schools Navigators can assist with the application process.
Foster Care. Students who are in foster care have protections to ensure school placement stability. Before enrolling or disenrolling a child in foster care, a best interest determination has to be completed to ensure that the school placement is appropriate and that all of the students’ documentation and support services are transferred appropriately. Foster Parents can contact the Warrior Wellness Line for more assistance. Liaison - Frances Fuller, LCSW -575-838-2543.
PMS Socorro School Based Health Center - Medical & Mental Health Services. Located @ SHS, Open to all SCSD Students during set hours during the school week. Contact PMS for scheduling 575-835-4444. Contact Warrior Wellness Line if needing assistance with setting up services. Students 14 years and older can seek confidential services as protected by law.
Mental Health Support for NMT Students - 575-835-6619
Presbyterian Medical Group Behavioral Health. 575-838-4690
Project AWARE. Project Aware is a mental health program that provides individual and family therapy services as well as Peer Navigator are available to students. Therapist - Anne Lear, LMFT - 575-838-2752. Peer Navigator - Samantha Vivian-Gonzales - 575-838-2774. Program Director - Jackie Muncy - 575-838-2544
Casa de Luz -575-838-7615. “Casa de Luz is a family support agency that services families in Socorro and Catron Counties with children birth to 18 years of age. It is our mission to empower families to provide nurturing relationships and environments for children to thrive.”
Child Care Assistance- 575-866-2315
Human Services Division 1014 N. California- Income Support - 575-838-8717. (SNAP (food assistance), TANF (cash assistance), LIHEAP (Utility assistance), Medicaid Enrollment, Child Support Assistance
Domestic Violence Resources- El Puente del Socorro -575-835-0928. El Puente del Socorro provides a 24 hour DV crisis line, orders of protection/temporary custody, a women’s empowerment group, an offender’s group, and offer referrals for child care and counseling
Socorro Transportation- 201 Church St.- 575-835-1501. Socorro Taxi Service-606 N. California- 575-835-4276 (For transportation to medical appointments, Medicaid card has a number on the back to set up transportation.)
Mentorship Opportunities- NMT Outreach Office- 575-835-5216. Supporting mentoring relationships among students, STEAM professionals, and community members.
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