TRIO and Partnerships

Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR) houses federally funded programming as well as community and academic partnerships, including Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), Project Systemwide Training for Educational Post-Secondary Success (STEPS), College: Making It Happen, and TRIO programs Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound.

TRIO Programs

TRIO is a set of federally funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. The two TRIO programs sponsored at CSUN within SOARS are Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound.

The mission of Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound is to equip first-generation/low-income families with up-to-date postsecondary and financial aid opportunities, and enable students to attend college.

For complete information about these services, visit the TRIO website.

Community and Academic Partnerships


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally funded program designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students who attend and graduate from a college or university. The local chapter, Project Systemwide Training for Educational Postsecondary Success, or Project STEPS, began in 2011 with a cohort of seventh graders from Richard E. Byrd, Roy Romer, Sun Valley, and Van Nuys middle schools and will follow them through graduation from Francis Polytechnic, North Hollywood, Sun Valley, and Van Nuys high schools in 2017. Project STEPS supports these students and their families by providing academic support and counseling, tutoring, mentors, summer enrichment programs, SAT testing, college-level courses, parent workshops, college tours and opportunities for personal development.

These services are made possible through collaborative efforts with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD); All Aboard Tours & Travel; California State University, Northridge; Chicano/a Latino/a Educational Foundation(CLEF); Families in Schools; Parent Institute for Quality Education(PIQE); Quantum Learning Network; Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) & City Lab; Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area; STAR Education; Archipelago Learning’s Study Island; The College Board; UCLA Early Academic Outreach Program; and Woodbury University.

College: Making It Happen

College: Making It Happen is an annual conference that provides college preparatory information to parents of middle school students. The conference enables parents to assist and support their children as they prepare academically and financially for educational opportunities after high school graduation.

College: Making It Happen emphasizes the required academic preparation for college success, how parents can positively impact student achievement, and financing a college education. The conference engages the entire family in a day-long program consisting of parent workshops, structured grade-level student programs, a college and book fair, and campus tours.

College: Making It Happen has reached more than than 20,000 family members in the past 14 years and has proven to be a meaningful opportunity for San Fernando Valley parents and students looking to learn about higher education opportunities and college readiness.