Local partnerships help to promote community engagement, civic responsibility, self-empowerment, and leadership in adherence to Occidental’s mission.
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) 4 LA is a federally funded program that works with youth in the Belmont and Kennedy Zones of Choice to significantly increase student success in high school and persistence in college. The program also seeks to increase college and career awareness for students and parents. It provides knowledge of the admission process and the college experience. As a partner to GEAR UP 4 LA, Occidental College provides support for program goals by providing tutor-mentors for the cohort schools and hosting GEAR UP 4 LA students and families on campus several times a year. The goal is to improve college readiness and to give students positive role models.