Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Ruth Harrison


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) at the University Corporation of Monterey Bay mission statement aims to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The educational issue for low-income students is the lack of accessibility to resources that assists with preparedness and success in post-secondary education. Students aren’t able to attend college due to poverty, lack of academic preparation and familial factors. Consequences consist of post-secondary dropout, financial debt and unpreparedness for college life. The barriers students and their families face include language barriers, structural barriers and low economic status. My Capstone project is to host a webinar for Seaside High School Juniors and their parents. My goal for this project is to provide a prevention program such as the webinar with resources to improve low-income family’s knowledge about academic options. Many Seaside High students attend their local community college, Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) after graduation. I thought it would be beneficial for students to know what resources are available to them. I am inviting various speakers from MPC to be a part of the panel to share this information via zoom. Nine participants attended and four of them filled out a survey, out of the four responses three of the participants rated the webinar a five, the other participant rated the webinar a fours which shows the students benefited from the prevention program.