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6 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Starting High School

A part of getting older is learning things you wish you would have known when you were younger, so I want share with you some little nuggets of awesomeness that I wish had known when I was a teenager. Now I was a teen not too long ago and I know there is a difference between hearing and actually doing.

Please do not just read what I am about share. Instead, do something about it.


1.) Geeks and Nerds Rule the World

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New GEAR UP Grant Sees The Importance of Mobile and Near Peer Mentoring

Applications for the new 2014 Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant that opened June 4th has some exciting updates to its requirements for new applicants. This includes engaging students through mobile messaging and near peer mentors, which are two services we provide with our agency.

The new GEAR UP grant requirements stating that text messaging and near peer mentorship are cost effective “behavioral nudges” to achieve educational outcomes are based on research following high school students and graduates. For more information regarding this research, Click Here.

When Student Success Agency (SSA) was launched nearly three years ago, we wanted to create an online service that students actually use. To now see research and government initiatives backing the principles and strategies SSA was built on is exciting! Below is a list of challenges you have to consider when deciding to use online services and/or starting a near peer mentoring program for your Gear Up class.

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