GEAR UP Kentucky

GUK Family Events

In partnership with the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Collaborative for Families & Schools, GEAR UP Kentucky is offering FREE virtual events for Kentucky parents/guardians.

Past Event Recordings

ABCs of the ACT for Parents & Guardians

Join GEAR UP Kentucky staff for this 30-minute session, which will provide parents/guardians with a greater understanding of the ACT, including format and scores; ways to best support your student in taking the ACT; and ACT prep resources to share with your student. To access the ACT prep resources mentioned in the video, sign into your preferred Google account, go to, and click JOIN CLASS; enter this class code: itl6ggl.

FAFSA Forward: Guiding Your Way Through the FAFSA

Completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) can be challenging, and the launch of the new FAFSA form brings new processes and challenges. GEAR UP Kentucky asked our friends at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to join us for a Facebook Live event designed especially for parents/guardians of current high school seniors and college students. This recorded event (1.25.24) features the most up-to-date info on the new FAFSA form, including new processes and how to file, as well as answers to questions posed by real-life Kentucky parents/guardians. 

Featuring MacKenzie Massey, Senior Outreach Coordinator, KHEAA

Where Do I Belong? Helping Your Student Find Their People and Place at College 

Whether or not we realize it, families have unique cultures that influence how each family member thinks, feels and acts. When students go to college, they are experiencing and participating in a whole other unique culture. It’s crucial to students’ postsecondary success that they have a sense of belonging and engagement. This recorded event enables you to: identify and celebrate your family's unique culture; examine some cultural differences your student may experience at college; consider the benefits of connecting with people different from one's self; and explore campus resources that can help your student get connected to others who share their values and interests. 

Featuring Dr. Dawn Offutt and Antoine Smith-Rouse

READY OR NOT: Getting Yourself & Your Student Emotionally Prepared for the Transition To & Through Their First Year of College

Are YOU (and your student) emotionally ready for the transition to and through the first year of college? Join national resilience expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa (a/k/a Dr. G), two Kentucky moms, and a current EKU sophomore (one of the moms' daughters) as they discuss real-life issues faced by students and their parents/guardians during this life transition. You'll leave with strategies and resources that will help you navigate this challenging time. 

Featuring Dr. Deborah Gilboa, Carol Currans, Beth Lawson and Kaelan Frazier.

Making the Perfect College/Career Training Match

What is college/career training "match and fit" - and why does it matter? This engaging and informational presentation, led by Mitzi Holland and Michaela Mineer, answers these questions and provides lots of tips and tools to assist parents/guardians (and other influential adults) as they help their students choose their perfect college or career training program and find success.

Featuring Mitzi Holland, Kentucky Advising Academy Director, and Michaela Mineer, CPE Academic Affairs Senior Associate

Tiny Habits That Lead to Big Wins at Home

During this energizing session, led by Cool Speak’s national parent engagement expert Ernesto Mejia, parents/guardians will learn how to create simple habits that can help ease stress and frustration for all – as well as how to communicate with their students about habits.

Featuring Ernesto Mejia, CoolSpeak;

Traducción al español en vivo por Sandra Añez Powell, Anthem Medicaid KY

Event Recording - English

Event Recording - Spanish

From Stressed to Resilient: Helping Our Students (and Ourselves) to Handle More and Feel It LESS!

Every day, Kentucky students and their families are pushing forward, while facing the painful consequences of the last two years of difficulty and all the current uncertainties. Deborah Gilboa, MD (Dr. G), family doctor and our own GEAR UP Kentucky Resilience Expert, will help us understand the role stress is playing in our reaction, and learn the strategies to overcome that stress and succeed. Dr. G will identify our strengths and help us to support the students in our lives to find their own resilience for all the change that lies ahead.

Traducción al español en vivo por Sandra Añez Powell, Anthem Medicaid KY

Featuring Dr. Deborah Gilboa, MD (Dr. G) - As seen on the TODAY Show & Good Morning America

Event Recording - English

Event Recording - Spanish