Who We Are


Bassick High School GEAR UP Staff

Toni Evans

Academic Advisor

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Toni Evans, B.A. is a New Haven native who earned her B.A. in Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University in May 2015. Toni worked as a peer mentor during the summer of 2013 with Southern’s Access Program to help assist high school seniors with their transition to college. During the academic school year of 2014 Toni worked as a Program Assistant with UCONNS ETS program at James Hillhouse High school assisting high school students with applying for college, setting up field trips and FASFA. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in group work. Her future plans include giving back to youth in her community and becoming a School Social Worker. Toni has a passion for working with youth and making an impact on their lives. She is excited about joining the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP team and helping students meet their goals and aspirations.

Natavia Mclean

Academic Advisor

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Natavia Mclean, M.A., ., attended high school at Wilbur L. Cross in New Haven where she was a GEAR UP student and has been a strong believer in what the program can accomplish ever since. Natavia obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice at the University of Connecticut in 2014. While at UConn, she worked as a Student Support Services Advisor for incoming freshmen who were first generation college students. She assisted these students with their transition into college from high school by providing resources and meeting with them daily to discuss academics as well as personal topics. Natavia then obtained her Master of Arts degree in Community Psychology concentrating in Forensic Psychology at the University of New Haven in 2016. During her time as a graduate student she attained her Youth Mental Health First Aid certificate. Natavia plans to apply her previous advising and case management experience while working as a Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Academic Advisor.