Families In Schools (FIS) recognizes the value of strong family-school partnerships in supporting student achievement. Consequently, we provide programs and professional development that fosters authentic parent engagement by building the skills, knowledge and confidence of both parents and staff on how to work together. FIS targets low-income and underserved communities recognizing that access to quality education continues to be the gateway out of poverty and the road to the American dream.
EAR UP 4 LA (GU4LA) consists of two grants operating at 16 school sites in the Belmont/Bernstein/ Kennedy Zones of Choice. We receive approximately $5 million in federal funding every year. Our unique cohort model follows the same group of students for six years, meaning our current ninth and tenth graders have been with GEAR UP 4 LA since 2011. Another 7-year grant began in 2014 and serves students from the graduating classes of 2020-21. We serve approximately 6,500 students in total.
50% of our students live within the Promise Zone, an area designated by President Obama’s initiative to expand educational opportunities. They face challenges including transience, living below the poverty line, and being the first in their family to attend college.
In its fifteen years, GEAR UP 4 LA has provided services for over 13,000 students at over twenty campuses.