Check & Connect

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What is Check & Connect?

Check & Connect is a model of ongoing, systematic intervention and support to promote students’ engagement at school and with learning. Each student participating in Check & Connect is assigned a mentor. Check & Connect mentors seek to build long-term, sustained relationships with participating students that will connect them with their school and help them make academic progress.

GEAR UP's Check & Connect Program Brochure

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Key Features

  • Preventive

    Check & Connect focuses on watching for signs of withdrawal and providing timely interventions to keep students engaged.

  • Builds Capacity

    Check & Connect works with students to build new skills such as problem solving and goal setting.

  • Individualized

    Check & Connect uses a systematic and organized approach, focusing on the needs of each individual student.

  • Efficient and Adaptable

    Check & Connect builds on existing programs, services and resources within the home, school and community.

  • Provides Outreach

    Check & Connect creates long-term trusting connections between schools, youth and families.

GEAR UP Parameters for Check & Connect Students

Students cannot be served or mentored by another grant/organization.

Students cannot be served or mentored by another grant/organization.

GEAR UP is committed to providing Check & Connect services to students for at least two years.

GEAR UP school specialists will meet with students 20 to 30 minutes each week either in person or virtually during a time period that works best for the student.

The topic for each meeting will vary based on the whatever is keeping the student from being successful in school.

Steps to Identifying Students

Student identification will begin with the GEAR UP school specialist.

Students 10-30% absent of the school day.

Students with three or more behavior referrals, which will be reviewed by school specialist before mentoring.