Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services

First Advisor

Thomas Rogers


The program implementing this project is CSUMB- GEAR UP, a federal program that serves underrepresented youth. GEAR UP aims to increase the number of low-income students be better prepared and succeed in post-secondary education. More specifically, this project will attempt to bridge the college readiness gap between first-generation students and continuing generation students. Through the use of multiple in-class sessions, students will develop and sharpen their hard and soft skills necessary to thrive in post-secondary education and redefine labels that have historically discouraged retention. Results from the project included student Future plans for the agency to adopt in the future is to focus on establishing camaraderie with each cohort, further cementing the importance of marginalized communities empowering one another and gain the confidence and skills needed for college.