Nathan Monell, NCCEP's Executive Director, welcomes everyone to the 2011 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference.
Dr. Debra Saunders-White, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education addresses the GEAR UP community.
U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah, creator and longtime champion of GEAR UP, shares an update on the federal budget debate and the need for continued investments in GEAR UP.
Melinda Doolittle, American Idol contestant from season six, opens up the national conference singing the national anthem.
James Davis of the U.S. Department of Education joins Nathan Monell for the Roll Call of GEAR UP States, acknowledging all the states whose GEAR UP Programs were represented at the conference.
GEAR UP professionals from American Samoa gather during the Opening Ceremony and Roll Call of GEAR UP states. Pictured at center (pink shawl) is the First Lady of American Samoa Mary Ann Tulafono.
GEAR UP professionals from Virginia let their voices be heard.
GEAR UP professionals from Montana GEAR UP.
Melinda Doolittle and Representative Fattah pose with the 2011 Youth Leadership Summit students.
Members of the NCCEP Board of Directors.
At the end of Sunday’s plenary, Representative Fattah meets with the YLS students to answer their questions.
Sunday evening concludes with a beautiful reception including foods from across the U.S.
Students selected for the 2011 Youth Leadership Summit start work on Sunday in preparation for their plenary on Wednesday.
Students selected to serve as Scholars and Alumni for the 2011 Youth Leadership Summit hailed from 22 states, American Samoa & the District of Columbia, representing 29 GEAR UP programs.
Charlotte Curtis, Nevada GEAR UP State Director introduces Rep. Shelley Berkley who was named one of two Champions for Student Success for 2011. Her video message to the GEAR UP commnity was played for the audience.
Representatives from GEAR UP Maine sang a tribute to their Senator, Susan Collins. Senator Collins was also named a Champion for Student Success for 2011 and her video message was shared with the group.
Five individuals shared their perspective on “Why I Believe in GEAR UP.” Pictured is Hector Garza, a former GEAR UP student, 2010 YLS Scholar, 2011 YLS Alumni, high school graduate, and soon-to-be college bound young adult.
GEAR UP professionals strolled the exhibit hall to learn about products and services that could help strengthen their programs.
During the session breaks, exhibitors met with attendees and talked about their products.
At the Monday lunch plenary, author Wes Moore speaks eloquently about his book, The Other Wes Moore, which examines his life journey as a college graduate and Rhodes Scholar against that of another Wes Moore who grew up in his neighborhood, with similar circumstances, but ended up in prison.
After his presentation, Wes Moore signed books for his fans for more than two hours!
Students selected to serve as Scholars and Alumni for the 2011 Youth Leadership Summit were selected for their academic excellence and commitment to community service.
On Tuesday morning, keynote speaker Hydra Mendoza shared her journey from concerned and involved school parent, to a job in the San Francisco mayor’s office advising on education issues, to running for the school board.
Five deserving parents were honored for their work as leaders in their schools and communities.
Joel Packer from the Committee for Education Funding and Shayna Englin of Englin Consulting provide perspective on Education and the 112th Congress for the full-day State and Partnership Director’s Track on Tuesday.
At Tuesday’s lunch, NCCEP Executive Director Nathan Monell models a gift offered to him earlier that day.
Humorist Karen Buxman had the crowd laughing out loud as she offered suggestions for ways the GEAR UP community can deal with their stress.
One of Karen Buxman’s stress strategies included the use of a magic wand.
Members of the GEAR UP Advisory Commission met during the 2011 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference.
YLS Scholars and Alumni working together in preparation for their opportunity to share best practices and strategies for getting and keeping students engaged in their education.
Tysun McKay, Senior Marketing Programs Manager for Texas Instruments, acknowledges the students leaders hard work and introduces the Youth Leadership Summit report.
In a series of vignettes, the 2011 Youth Leadership Summit students inspire the audience with their ideas for engaging GEAR UP students across the country.
YLS students provide powerful testimonials to the impact of GEAR UP on their lives.
Later, the YLS students each receive an NCCEP Scholar stole.
NCCEP Board Member Dr. Laura I. Rendon poses with one of the student recipients of the Dr. Laura I. Rendon Community Service scholarships.
Wednesday morning concludes with a group photo of the 2011 Youth Leadership Summit students.