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New “Gear Up” program aimed at preparing 6th & 7th graders for college through a $19M federal grant

Tgear uphe “Gear Up Birmingham” program is sending a message to over 3,000 sixth and seventh graders that it’s never too early to prepare for college. Also known as Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program, it is a part of a $19.6 million dollar federal education grant preparing middle-school students to transition to Birmingham academy programs. It’s free and offers tutoring, mentoring and financial education to learn how to pay for college. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit