At GEAR UP, our goal is to provide continual academic support to first generation college students throughout their middle and high school years, preparing them to enter and succeed in college. Our belief is that young people who start planning in middle school have a better chance of entering and finishing college. Students are selected in the 7th grade and followed through the first year of college. Students will have access to a GEAR UP Mentors, Student Parent Involvement Facilitator and the University of Nevada, Reno GEAR UP Ambassador.

GEAR UP Students in Blue Shirts

GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. GEAR UP has approximately 5,500 students and programs in 18 schools around the state of Nevada, focusing on students from underserved schools, helping them prepare for success in college and gain access to Financial Aid.

Schools Served:

Clark County:

Elko County:

Humboldt County:

Lyon County:

Mineral County:

Nye County:

Pershing County:

Washoe County:


Andrea Saavedra-Nieto GEAR UP Ambassador Coordinator
Andrea Saavedra-Nieto
GEAR UP Ambassador, Coordinator
Phone: (775) 682-8944

Kenia Castillo

Kenia Castillo
Outreach Specialist
Phone: (775) 682-8944

Meet Our GEAR UP Scholars