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Parent and Community Resources

Indiana GEAR UP is looking for parents and community members to join our team as mentors, volunteers, or to help sponsor food or activities with our partnering schools. Please check out the other areas of our website to learn more about our program.

2021 STEAM Leadership Institute

Students can experience an overnight visit at Purdue University in West Lafayette June 13 to June 15, 2021. Students and parents will attend workshops at the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC). This experience is open to students who have been participating in the Student Leadership Group and Virtual Programs and eligible students will be contacted by GEAR UP staff. Space is limited.

Questions can be directed to Jean Trusedell via email

Program Agenda is available here

To Register

1. Parent/Guardian must complete the GEAR UP Consent form available here

2. Parent/Guardian must complete the registration form available here


Our after-school programming is two days a week at each of our partnering schools. The program requires having several adults to help with activities. There is no prior experience required. If you are interested in volunteering to help with afterschool programming at one of our Indiana GEAR UP schools, please contact Dr. Kevin Kaluf at


An important part of our Indiana GEAR UP Program is exposing our students to mentors who work in STEM disciplines and other areas of industry. We are seeking adults who would be willing to devote some of their time (from as little as an hour a week) to mentor students in one or more of our schools. There is no prior experience required — we will equip you with the tools you will need to be successful! If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Jean Trusedell at

Other Resources

Parents play a integral role in their student's success. Check out the links below for additional resources for parents of high school students.

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