GEAR UP Ohio to Host Youth Leadership Summit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2018-06-01) — 

Ohio’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) team is hosting a three-day Youth Leadership Summit designed to help participants build their capacity to lead while creating a statewide network of peers.

The Summit runs from June 6-8 at Ohio Dominican University (ODU) and is an extension of Ohio’s GEAR UP program, which focuses on embedding a college-going culture in targeted schools and communities to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The goals of the GEAR UP program reflect a commitment to eliminate major college access barriers for students to improve academic performance, enhance preparation for postsecondary education, and increase rates of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education.

Thanks to collaboration between college access partners and institutions of higher education, GEAR UP Ohio currently works with Crooksville Exempted Village Schools, Marion City Schools, Norwood City Schools, and Parma City Schools, and annually serves approximately 6,000 students.

“This Summit is intended to help Ohio’s GEAR UP students identify and maximize their leadership skills, while giving them the tools and training needed to make positive change happen in their lives, in their communities, and around the world,” said Carlos Bing, state director for the GEAR UP program at the Ohio Department of Higher Education. “It will enhance attendees’ ability to speak confidently and work effectively in teams, while building their capacity to lead.”

The Summit will include a variety of team-building exercises for participants, along with a tour of the Ohio Dominican campus and a panel discussion on careers. Most events will take place in ODU’s Sansbury Hall. To learn more about Ohio’s GEAR UP program, visit

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.

Contact Information: 

Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487