On July 24, Dayton GEAR UP sent one student to the campus of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA to participate in Washington Business Week.  Since we had one student, we were able to ride with the GEAR UP group from Walla Walla. 

“Everyone was really nice and helpful.  I made a lot of new friends.  It was an awesome experience, and I’m really glad I got to attend,” said Lily.  

The week-long camp focused on agriculture and energy.  At a glance, this is what the week was like.  After the welcoming and opening ceremony, we went right into the first session, picking from three workshops/meetings of our choice.  Every day we had three sessions of workshops/meetings.  By the end of the afternoon we looked forward to dinner and free time from 5:00 -6:00.  After dinner we had an assembly with businessmen and women as speakers.  Then we had brainstorming after the evening assembly.  By 9:00 pm we were back in our dorms for free time.  Fun activities were posted on the dorm bulletin board if we wanted to participate.  Lights out at 11:00 pm. 

The meetings, workshops and speakers were exceptional to help students dive deep into the world of business while providing career and life skills critical to success in any profession.  Students had the opportunity of building leadership skills and networking with business professionals.  Lily states, that she would not have attended if GEAR UP hadn’t inspired or sent her.