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The California Partnership Initiative (CPI) is a project of the California State GEAR UP Program. Since 1999, the California State program has enjoyed working in collaboration with GEAR UP partnership projects to reach our mutual goals:  increasing college and career readiness for low income students and improving the college going culture in schools.   CPI was formalized at the National GEAR UP conference in Washington, DC in July 2014.  The CPI planning committee was formed and representatives from the partnership projects met again at the NCCEP CBW in Philadelphia in February 2015.  This initiative brings together the 16 active partnership projects and the state grant to strengthen our efforts for ALL students throughout California. 

The California Partnership Initiative Conference brings together GEAR UP staff to learn from each other and celebrate a history of continued service to students,schools and families in California. Interactive sessions are designed to foster deep discussion and share proven practices and strategies about important topics and common issues. This 2nd Annual conference will focus on sustaining the collective energy, resources and expertise of GEAR UP in California.


Great Wolf Lodge - Garden Grove, CA 
March 1, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Conference Agenda

Registration now open:


Project Goals

  • To advance, inform and improve our collective work
  • To leverage the energy, resources and expertise of GEAR UP in California
  • To support and sustain GEAR UP efforts statewide


  • Foster sustainable regional efforts to promote systemic change for schools and students
  • Convene an annual Statewide GEAR UP conference
  • Create an online collaboration network


Checkout all the GEAR UP projects in California on our interactive map

Documents from 2015 CPI Conference

CPI Booklet
Powerpoint Presentation

Online Network

The GEAR UP Google Group platform offers a unique and sustainable opportunity for all GEAR UP programs and staff to connect and learn from each other.  Online collaboration promotes the work of the California Partnership Initiative to leverage GEAR UP resources and advance and improve our collective efforts.!forum/california-partnership-initiative

To join the CPI Google Group:

1: Click link
2. Sign in to Google (you may need to create a profile)
3. Click on ‘apply for membership’

If you have problems or questions contact


Up to date information on the California Partnership Initiative can be found on our blog by clicking here.


The most up to date GEAR UP Partnership roster
List of schools served by GEAR UP partnership