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SC GEAR UP could not make a difference in the lives of its students without the support of businesses and community volunteers. These two groups partner with schools, educators, and students to form a mutually supportive relationship that benefits everyone involved.

In a SC GEAR UP partnership, a business and a group of students at a particular school commit themselves to specific goals and participate in defined activities. Partnering is a win-win situation for all parties.

SC GEAR UP partnerships encourage learning while providing real-world experience in the workplace. When partners combine resources to integrate school curriculum with real world lessons, both earn positive recognition in the community.

Businesses benefit by:

  • Becoming involved in the community through involvement in the schools.
  • Helping to prepare students to become a well-educated, future workforce.
  • Exposing students to nontraditional careers or careers with which they are unfamiliar.
  • Inspiring students to stay in school.
  • Contributing to the education of future employees and consumers.
  • Participating in various school activities.
  • Enhancing their community through in-kind contributions.
  • Enjoying positive public relations and recognition from parents and the community.
  • Receiving parents’ patronage.

Students benefit when:

  • Adult role models, mentors, and volunteers share their expertise with them.
  • Businesses provide resources and services that enhance their education.
  • Volunteers provide assistance to teachers and administrators.
  • They gain an improved understanding of the business world.
  • Business partners bring real-world, meaningful, learning activities to them.
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