Upward Bound Programs


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Upward Bound students attend Cal Day at the University of California, Berkeley.

Zakiah Hollman, Guest Contributor

Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science are programs to help students in high school, or about to be in high school, get ready for college. These are amazing programs that give students the resources they need to help prepare them to get into college. They provide tutoring, SAT and ACT prep, internships, and more.  They don’t just help you academically, the staff is like family–they care for each and every one of their students. They want to see everybody succeed not only academically but also mentally so they can help students better themselves and succeed.

Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science are not just one group. There are multiple groups within them. They have talent search WISE ( women in stem education ) and AMPP (African American male pipeline). These programs are here for students to better prepare themselves for the future. These programs do so much for you. They don’t just help you with schoolwork but they also try to give you real experiences. They take you on college trips to get a feel of the school to see what it’s like, ask questions, make networks, anything that you need. They take you to some really cool places like Los Angeles, New York, DC, and more.

I recently came back from the DC trip and it was an amazing experience. We were able to visit national monuments and go to the Smithsonian. I got to meet the California representative. How often does that happen.? On these trips, you really form connections, maybe with the students on campus, maybe with the people that you’re going with, or maybe yourself. 

They really help you get a feel of college. Maybe you went to a school that you thought was your dream school but when you visited it just wasn’t, or maybe you discover that a school that you would never have considered going to is actually your dream school. These are just a few things that this program does. So if you’re a freshman, sophomore, or junior, it’s never too late to check out these programs and see if it what you would like to try.

PS–not everybody gets in, but it never hurts to fill out the packet to see if you do!