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GEAR UP Parents


GEAR UP provides parents with opportunities to help their children
prepare for college.


Resources for Parents

CPS Parent Portal

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Book Clubs

Parent led book clubs allow parents to explore topics and issues on a variety of topics.

Career Fairs

Career Fairs allow parents and their children to gain a better understanding of career options available to them along with educational requirements.

College Campus Tours

Parents and their children are invited to attend college tours. When families explore together, parents can provide informed guidance and support in helping their child make the college choice that is right for them.

Computer Classes

Helping parents get up to speed with technology helps them to utilize resources to guide their families in evaluating post secondary options. In addition, parents learn how to use the CPS Parent Portal in order to stay informed about activities at school.


Family Nights

Family Nights help build community, with families learning about resources for their children and themselves.

Leadership Conference

Leadership Conferences allow families to meet others throughout the entire Chicago GEAR UP community and share resources and ideas. Many of the workshops at the conference are led by parents.

Walk for Success

This ongoing activity provides parents and families an opportunity to become advocates for their children and their community.


GEAR UP offers several workshops to provide families with opportunities to help their children make post secondary choices that meet their needs. Below are titles of some of the parent GEAR UP workshops.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

Adolescent Development

FAFSA Completion

Financial Aid

Kids at Hope

Overcoming Barriers to Success

Test Taking Techniques


Transition to High School

Understanding GPA


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For more information, please contact Rene Diaz, Parent Resource Coordinator, 312-563-7246,