The Upward Bound (UB) Program assists high school students in developing the academic skills and motivation needed to successfully complete high school and to enter college upon graduation. Students receive educational, cultural, and social experiences that will help prepare them to enter and succeed in college. UB students receive academic advising, after-school tutoring, weekend study skills workshops and opportunities to visit colleges and universities. Upward Bound offers an academic year and summer component.
Upward Bound serves high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors at the following high schools in the Northern Colorado area:
- Fort Lupton High School
- Greeley Central High School
- Montbello High School
- Northridge High School
- Poudre High School
The Upward Bound Mission:
- To identify qualified youth who are low-income and potential first generation college students.
- To generate skills and motivation necessary for success in completing high school and enrolling in post-secondary education.
- To encourage youth in the program to remain in and complete secondary education.
- To encourage youth to enroll in post-secondary education and graduate
The Upward Bound mission will be accomplished through the following components:
Academic advisors form a partnership with students to successfully face the challenges of high school and college preparation. Together, advisors and students discuss grades, course selection, study skills, and other college preparatory topics. Activities include:
- Academic, personal, and college prep advising in high schools
- UB Scholars (after-school study sessions held twice per month)
- College Visitations
- Home visits and family meetings
- Family Forum on College Career Opportunities, Admissions, and Financial Aid
- UB University (academic retreats held each semester on the Colorado State University campus)
- College, career, and financial aid projects
The Summer Program:
Students spend six weeks on the Colorado State University campus enhancing academic skills and participating in fun and social activities. Students earn high school credit for taking classes such as math, language arts, science and world languages.
The six-week academic/college prep program allows students to:
- develop highly effective study skills through nightly study sessions
- practice being a college student
- explore career and educational opportunities through mentoring
Students will also make many great friends and participate in cultural and recreational events, such as talent show, Olympics, CSU ropes course, rafting, and diversity orientations. Leadership experiences such as UB Student Council exist for students to make the most out of their six week experience.
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