June 2018

A Note from the GEAR UP New Hampshire Team

As the school year ends, we wanted to thank you for your time, service, and dedication to GEAR UP New Hampshire and share a few highlights of the collective efforts.  Almost five thousand students and two hundred fifty parents were engaged in statewide GEAR UP programming this academic year. One thousand of New Hampshire’s brightest students committed to a rigorous academic plan through the New Hampshire Scholars program. GEAR UP NH students made fifteen trips to college campuses. There were two STEM camps hosted during school vacation weeks and many summer camps will be operating this summer. Over fifteen thousand hours were logged by students as they participated in GEAR UP activities.
As we look ahead, we are working to support partnerships between New Hampshire colleges and universities and GEAR UP NH schools. We are also looking forward to sponsoring participation in the Parent Leadership Institute and Youth Leadership Summit. Our goal is to help deliver programs that compliment your students’ strengths and help them address challenges.
As the summer looms closer, please take a few moments to congratulate yourselves for all the important work you have done.  Have a terrific summer. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.
Debby & the GEAR UP New Hampshire Team

Grant News

Annual Meeting

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to attend the Annual Meeting last month. Please visit our Dropbox for PowerPoint presentations and other resources. Finally, please fill out the following questionnaire to help us plan for next year. 

Summer Reading Challenge

This summer we are launching our First Annual Summer Reading Challenge! Running from June 21st to September 22, students are encouraged to read as many pages as possible. GEAR UP will award the 8th and 9th grade students who read the most pages with a gift card of their choice. Schools will receive a handout and bookmark, to give to the student before the start of the contest with more information on the contest rules. 

NCCEP Annual Conference

We are very excited to see some of you in Washington D.C. in July! We are looking forward to seeing you all bright and early on Monday morning. On Tuesday, July 17th, we will have dinner as a team at Bistro Bistro at 6 pm. The restaurant is a 15 minute walk from our hotel. Upon you arrival, let the greeters know you are with GEAR UP New Hampshire. 

Parent Leadership Institute

Offer is still open for any parent interested in attending the leadership institute in DC this July. Composition to this event is 85% parents and 15% family engagement professionals. Please let us know if you have anyone interested in this opportunity. Spots are on a first come, first serve basis. We have 2 parents confirmed- let us know if you have any others! 

8th Grade Survey

Please don't forget to have your students fill out the 8th grade survey. Surveys can be found here or at this link. Once you have submitted surveys for all of the 8th graders in your school, please either mail or scan and email to MaeAnna and t-shirts will be ordered for your school. 

Need Supplies?

Please consult with your GEAR UP advisory teams and fill out the following survey on supplies your district needs for the upcoming school year. 

Action Plans, Budget Proposal, MOA

Please note that your district's Action Plan, Budget Proposal, and Memorandum of Agreement are due on September 15th. Please contact MaeAnna or Stephanie if you have any questions regarding these documents. 

Share your GEAR UP New Hampshire Success Stories! 

Are you an educator that has seen a shift in your school culture because of GEAR UP New Hampshire? Do you have a student who wants to share their GEAR UP story? Have you heard a parent who is excited about the opportunities their 7th or 8th grader has? Would you like to highlight your school for the awesome GEAR UP work you've been doing? If you answered yes to any of those questions above and want to tell us about it, we would love to hear from you! Please email MaeAnna Edwards with your stories! 

Community News

Stay Work Play
Forum on the Future

June 20th, 2018

Be among the first to learn and discuss new results from a survey of young people in New Hampshire between the ages of 20 and 40 commissioned by Stay Work Play New Hampshire and hear from Senator Dan Feltes and State Representative Terry Wolf. GEAR UP professionals can register for the breakfast here using code GEARUP.

New England College Summer Institute for Educators

NEC's Summer Institute for Educators begins July 30th and runs until August 3rd. This is an awesome learning opportunity for any educator looking for a short summer learning experience. If you are interested in attending any of the available sessions, please let MaeAnna know by June 20th. 

New Hampshire Scholars' Day

On May 30th, New Hampshire Scholars celebrated 5,400 students who have made the commitment to their futures and are graduating as a New Hampshire Scholar in the next few weeks. Scholars spent the last four years going above and beyond to graduate as a scholar. Congratulations all! 

Professional Development and Online Training

How You Can Use the Nudge Toolkit & Hotline to Help GEAR UP Students Succeed in College
The Opioid Crisis and K-12 Schools: Impact and Response
National Education Association: Keeping the Promise of Public Education
Education Watch: The State of Educational Equity
Book of the MonthHelp for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom



Developing Next Generation Conservationist Grants
Creative Leadership Grants


The Future is Female
Cloud Scholarship
Do-Over Scholarship
ECRA Community Contribution Scholarship
Pureland Supply Vocational and Skilled Trade Scholarship
Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship Program
OppU Achievers Scholarship
Paradise Ridge Dentistry Scholarship
The Tree Center Scholarship Program
Ocean Awareness Student Contest

Articles and Information

Are SAT/ACT Scores Good Predictors of Student Success?
Southern New Hampshire University Issues Blockchain Credentials to College for America Grads
Teens are Cyberbullying Themselves. Why?
Competitions, Experiments a Focus in Inspiring Low-Income Students to Embrace STEM
School Counselors Keep Students on Track. Why are they First to be Cut?
The Confusing Information Colleges Provide Students about Financial Aid
Federal Reserve Study: "Last Dollar" Program Helps Boost Low-Income College Enrollment
Focusing on Social Emotional Learning
The Condition of Education 2018
State of STEM
The Evidence on Test Scores and Long-Term Outcomes
Decoding the Cost of College: The Case for Transparent Financial Aid Award Letters
2018 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates
Stackable Degrees Could be the Future of College Education Experts Say
Rethinking Dual Enrollment to Reach More Students
Study Prompts Questions About Importance of Test Scores in College Admissions
National Survey Finds Expanding Number of College Programs for Foster Youth
Within Our Reach: Ensuring Students are Prepared for College, Careers, and Active Citizenship
Certificate Programs for Individuals Who Want to Work in Veteran Services are Growing

Meet the Team

Stephanie Lesperance

Stephanie Lesperance is the Project Director for GEAR UP New Hampshire.  Prior to beginning her work with GEAR UP she served as the Associate Director for the New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC) and Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH). She has been with both organizations since 1999. 

After graduating from college Stephanie served two years as an AmeriCorps member and then became the Program Coordinator at AmeriCorps Hillsborough Reads in Tampa, FL.  Her years working in national service developed her passion for education and opportunity. 

She has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from New England College and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maine at Farmington. She is also a graduate of the 2010 Class of Leadership NH and a member of the 2008 Class of NH’s “40 Under Forty”.  Outside of her work at GEAR UP she enjoys being involved in her community and serves on the Board of the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the NH State Society, Volunteer NH! and the NEC Alumni Board. 

Stephanie grew up in Bristol, NH and currently lives in Henniker with her husband, amazing six-year-old daughter, Gracie and charming English bulldog, Daisy.

Partner Districts

Berlin | Claremont | Franklin | Laconia |  Stewartstown | White Mountains | White Mountains Regional


Debby Scire
Executive Director
Campus Compact for NH

Stephanie Lesperance
Project Director

Jillian Oates
Associate Project Director

Ann Tierno
Program Director
Campus Compact for NH
Mike Vlacich
NH College & University Council

Scott Power
New Hampshire Scholars

Chelsea Christiansen
National Service Coordinator
Campus Compact for NH

Elizabeth Malia
New Hampshire Scholars
MaeAnna Edwards
Access Coordinator
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