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GEAR UP Student Goes To San Francisco
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Ellie Tarter, SWHS ​junior, attended the 2015 NCCEP/GEAR UP Youth Congress Event

 San Francisco, CA. -- The National Council for Community and Education (NCCEP) and Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) hosted the 2015 Youth Congress Event last month. GEAR UP students Ellie Tarter and Jordan Cottrell attended the four-day event. Tarter and Cottrell participate in the Promise Appalachia Leadership in Service, or PALS, program. 
​     The Youth Congress was sponsored by Texas Instruments and featured curriculum provided by Seeds Training. According to, “The Youth Congress is a youth leadership program that implements a student-focused curriculum, blending leadership development with life skills and strategies for increased learning. Offered during the NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference each July, GEAR UP students who participate in the Youth Congress have the opportunity to experience a professional conference while interacting and learning with other students from around the country.”
​     The students selected to participate represented a wide variety of diverse urban and rural backgrounds. Participants traveled from 16 states and Pohnpei for the event. 
​     “There are many things that I will take away from this experience. One being the obvious friendships of people from many different states,” Tarter said, “but the other is showing people back in my state of Kentucky that it is okay to have a different opinion than anybody else, but to stand firm in what you believe in.”
​     According to, the curriculum covered over the four-day event included the fear of image, integrity, keys to motivation, storytelling, and brain capacity. 

To learn more about the Youth Congress and NCCEP, visit
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