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Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves:
- high school students from low-income families
- high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree
- Low-income-first-generation students who have been determined to have a need for academic support.
The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
The Upward Bound program provides instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, history and foreign language. Other services include:
- SAT Verbal and Writing
- Instruction in reading, writing, study skills and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
- Computer Lab
- Academic, financial, or personal counseling
- Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
- Tutorial services
- Mentoring programs
- Information on postsecondary education opportunities
- Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
- Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
- Work study positions to expose participants to careers requiring a postsecondary degree
Students must have completed the 8th grade, be between the ages of 13 and 19, and have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education. All students must be either from low-income families or be potential first-generation college students. The program requires that two-thirds of the participants in the project must be both low-income and potential first-generation college students. The remaining one-third must be either low-income or potential first-generation college students. Students are selected based on recommendations from local educators, social workers, clergy, or other interested parties, and a critical review by the Upward Bound Director and Staff.
The program periodically attends NBA, NFL, ACC, MEAC and CIAA games, theatre, circus, galleries, museums and visitations to four different colleges/universities each year.