Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT) — UAB’s GEAR UP Alabama program is continuing its mission of preparing students for higher education and training beyond high school. 

GEAR UP is an organization that works to increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools in states and communities. Their name is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. 

A team from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Education has been taking volunteers from the campus and community to the Black Belt region since September.  They take these trips to mentor the 9th and 10th graders participating in GEAR UP Alabama. 

The trips work as hands-on service for the volunteers and are quite impactful for the GEAR UP student participants.  

The next trip is to Selma on March 2. The organization encourages anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of students living in high poverty areas to sign up and take the trip. Volunteers are asked to share their journey in education to encourage the next generation on to the same path. 

CLICK HERE to sign up for the March 2nd trip.