About GEAR UP

Our mission at GEAR UP is to work with students, families, educators, and community members to facilitate college and career readiness. Our ultimate goal is for students from all backgrounds to obtain the training and education needed to lead rewarding, productive lives. 

We provide the following services:

  • tutoring

  • academic advising

  • student leadership opportunities

  • career exploration

  • campus tours

  • family workshops

  • SAT prep

  • assistance with college applications

  • financial aid counseling

  • credit-recovery

We also support the HS AVID classes and the MS Math180 Class.

We are located in Room 105 at Socorro High School.

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Spring 2024 Events

Thursday, January 11: Senior Workshop during advisory (FAFSA & Scholarships)

Seniors, come by during advisory to work on the FAFSA, Scholarships, and/or college applications. Food will be provided. Located in GEAR UP Room 105.

Tuesday, January 16: 5pm FAFSA Family Workshop

Seniors and their families, attend this workshop to get help completing your 24-25 FAFSA. Dinner will be provided for all attendees. Located in GEAR UP Room 105 (If school is locked, use exterior door located to the right of the front doors)

Thursday, January 25: Senior Workshop during advisory (FAFSA & Scholarships)

Seniors, come by during advisory to work on the FAFSA, Scholarships, and/or college applications. Food will be provided. Located in GEAR UP Room 105.

Monday, January 29: 5pm FAFSA Family Workshop

Seniors and their families, attend this workshop to get help completing your 24-25 FAFSA. Dinner will be provided for all attendees. Located in GEAR UP Room 105 (If school is locked, use exterior door located to the right of the front doors)

Thursday, February 8: Senior Workshop during advisory (FAFSA & Scholarships)

Seniors, come by during advisory to work on the FAFSA, Scholarships, and/or college applications. Food will be provided. Located in GEAR UP Room 105.

Wednesday, February 7- Friday, February 9: GUNM Workforce Bus Tour

This 3 day trip will be hosted by GUNM, and you will need to sign up using their website. However, we can help you fill out the registration form and we will provide transportation to the drop-off and pick-up locations. Typically, they send out the trip itinerary and registration form three weeks before the trip and you will have one week to complete it.

Thursday, February 22: Socorro High School GEAR UP Career Fair

This College and Career Fair will take place in the Commons during advisory.

Wednesday, February 28: CNM & UNM Campus Tour

We will leave SHS at 8:15am. We will tour CNM 10am-12pm, have a quick lunch, and then tour UNM 12:30pm-2:30pm. We should return to SHS around 4pm. Click here to sign up for this event. Registration closes 2/21.

Monday, February 26- Thursday, March 28: SAT Prep Workshops for Juniors

Tuesday, March 12: ENMU Campus Tour

We will leave SHS at 8:30am. We will have lunch in Roswell and tour ENMU 1pm-3pm. We should return to SHS around 6:15pm. Click here to sign up for this event. Registration closes 3/5.

Wednesday, March 13: SMS to SHS Transition Day

During this event, we will take SMS 8th graders to tour SHS and learn about programs their elective options at the High School.

Thursday, April 11- Friday, April 12: GUNM Girls Middle School STEM Conference

This event will be hosted by GUNM, and you will need to sign up using their website. However, we can help you fill out the registration form and we will provide transportation to the drop-off and pick-up locations. Typically, they send out the trip itinerary and registration form three weeks before the trip and you will have one week to complete it.

Wednesday, April 17- Friday, April 19: GUNM Colorado Bus Tour

This 3 day trip will be hosted by GUNM, and you will need to sign up using their website. However, we can help you fill out the registration form and we will provide transportation to the drop-off and pick-up locations. Typically, they send out the trip itinerary and registration form three weeks before the trip and you will have one week to complete it.

Wednesday, April 17- Friday, April 19: GUNM Workforce Bus Tour

This 3 day trip will be hosted by GUNM, and you will need to sign up using their website. However, we can help you fill out the registration form and we will provide transportation to the drop-off and pick-up locations. Typically, they send out the trip itinerary and registration form three weeks before the trip and you will have one week to complete it.

Thursday, May 2: Welding Workforce Trip (tentative)

Thursday, May 16: College Signing Day

During this ceremony, we honor seniors (and graduating juniors) who are going to college, the workforce, or military. Following the ceremony, we have a family meal, firepits, and s'mores. Make sure to save the date!

Wednesday, May 29- Friday, May 31: GUNM College Bus Tour

This 3 day trip will be hosted by GUNM, and you will need to sign up using their website. However, we can help you fill out the registration form and we will provide transportation to the drop-off and pick-up locations. Typically, they send out the trip itinerary and registration form three weeks before the trip and you will have one week to complete it.

Wednesday, June 5- Friday, June 7: GUNM Focus College Advantage Camp

This camp will be hosted by GUNM, and you will need to sign up using their website. However, we can help you fill out the registration form and we will provide transportation to the drop-off and pick-up locations. Typically, they send out the itinerary and registration form three weeks before the trip and you will have one week to complete it.

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Additional Services

GEAR UP Tutoring

GEAR UP will provide free tutoring during advisory and lunch (11:10am-1:10pm) in room 105. Receive tutoring for math, science, English, and Edmentum classes. We can also help students with career exploration and college applications. If these times don’t work, let us know and we can schedule individual appointments. Free snacks are provided!

GEAR UP also provides "push-in" tutors to Pre-Algebra classes at the Middle School, and Algebra and AVID classes at the High School.

GEAR UP CEO Club

GEAR UP hosts a student leadership club. Student leaders help with GEAR UP events, attend an annual leadership trip, and work on a spring community service project. The club meets most Thursdays during advisory in the GEAR UP room (105). If you are interested in joining this club, please talk to Kristen or Jill. For updates, join the club remind by texting "@gearupceol" to the number 81010.

GEAR UP STEM Medical Careers Club

GEAR UP hosts a STEM Medical Careers club. This club goes on field trips to explore and tour and explore different opportunities in the medical field.

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Meet the GEAR UP Team

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Kristen M. Griego

Program Coordinator

kmgriego@socorroschools.org

575-418-2219

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Jill Madrid-Angel

Data Coordinator

jmadrid-angel@socorroschools.org

575-838-2749

Additional GEAR UP Staff:

Becky Chavez

Math Intervention Instructor

Jackelyn Hernandez

Math/ELL/AVID Tutor

Tatyana Makhnina

Math Tutor

J. Daniel Vonderhaar

Math/AVID Tutor

Benjamin Sanchez

Math Tutor

Madelyn Crotzer

Math Tutor

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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On Wednesday, August 23 we toured NMSU & DACC Campus and explored their departments.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Additional Resources

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.

For more community resources- scan QR below!

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