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Due to the current pandemic, Moses Lake High School (MLHS) GEAR UP, along with GEAR UP programs across the country, are having to get creative on how to reach and serve their students.  The MLHS team has decided to approach summer programming by offering a variety of programs that can be conducted at-a-distance and target students with an array of interests. This summer, MLHS GEAR UP will be offering:

Paradigm Shift Leadership Camp - We will have a handful of students participating in this four-day, virtual workshop camp that will teach valuable leadership skills!

Book Club - For the month of July, we will be reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas with 10 interested cohort students.  As a part of Book Club, students will be assigned weekly reading assignments and will meet on Thursday afternoons for an hour to discuss the reading, share their thoughts, and connect with peers and GEAR UP staff. We are also hoping to offer an August Book Club for our students.

Career Pathways Program - The Career Pathways Program will support students in preparing for future careers through career exploration and research, identifying their career pathways, building a quality resume, identifying ways to display professional etiquette and communicating with professionals, and building videos to share the career knowledge gained through the program. This program is open to all cohort students and will operate once a week for four weeks. We currently have 7 students participating weekly.

Ambassador Program - Beginning in early July, we will be recruiting, interviewing, and confirming student ambassadors as part of our student leadership program. Ambassadors will help us plan our student outreach events, build relationships, gain college knowledge, and build valuable leadership and professional skills.

SAT Student Workshop - At the end of July, we will be offering a 2-day SAT/ACT workshop that will enhance student understanding of college entrance exams and test strategies to prepare for their upcoming PSAT and SAT test-taking.

CoolSpeak Power of Youth Camp - Through continuous attention and engagement, participants in this camp will learn about each aspect of power and how to effectively implement that aspect of power in their own lives. MLHS will be advertising and recruiting cohort students.

MLHS GEAR UP Hotspot - Our Hotspot program offers a monthly workshop for students and covers a variety of topics, including time management, job etiquette, organizational strategies, self-care, creating an academic portfolio, and more. This summer, we will be offering a July and August Hotspot that will cover Creating a Resume and Email Management.

Parent Workshops - In August we will also be offering a two-part parent workshop where we will share information about building student academic portfolios.



State Financial Aid for DREAMers

A new state law has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and also satisfy the residency criteria. Washington State joined California, New Mexico, and Texas in enacting its own version of the Dream Act which extends state grants to undocumented students.

Visit realhopewa.org for more information.
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