What is Upward Bound?
Upward Bound (UB), a federally funded TRIO program
designed to identify and provide services to students, has functioned on the campus of West Virginia State University since 1965. The program was implemented to provide opportunities for first-generation college bound high school students. In creating conscious and knowledgeable scholars of the world, Upward Bound exposes participants to academic, cultural, social, and recreational activities. These experiences can help a student become successful in post-secondary education and beyond.
What does Upward Bound do?
During the regular school year (i.e., August through May), UB students meet two Saturdays a month to take supplemental classes that help them increase their skills in math, English, history, and science. Students also have access to free tutoring weekly.
In the summer
(beginning in June) UB students attend a six-week residential program designed to give them a head start on their next year in school.
Upward Bound also provides a variety of cultural and career enrichment experiences, such as”
Who is in Upward Bound?
- College visits and tours
- Cultural enrichment activities
- ACT and SAT preparation
- Scholarship workshops
- Academic advising
- Career exploration and guidance
- Monthly stipends for students meeting program requirements
Upward Bound participants are high school students attending Capital, South Charleston, George Washington, Hurricane, Logan, Riverside, St. Albans, and Sissonville. To be eligible for participation, a student must AT LEAST:
- Be a first generation-college bound student (neither parent has completed a four-year college degree)
Other requirements include:
- Students from the above high schools must be in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade
- Graduating 8th grade students who will be attending an above high school will be admitted after the receipt of their final report card
- Have academic potential and desire to be successful
- Plan to attend a four-year college or post-secondary institution of higher learning
- Desire to participate in ALL Upward Bound activities and events
During the academic school year, Upward Bound offers great opportunities for students to achieve and succeed. The fall component consists of supplemental classes that boosts and reinforces instruction that is already being taught in the schools.
Upward Bound will host two
academic session per month this year. Each session will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end with lunch from 12:00--12:30 p.m. All scheduled academic sessions will take place in Wallace Hall on the campus of West Virginia State University. Students should report to Wallace Hall, Room 122 in the morning.
2015-2016 Upward Bound Saturday Academic Sessions
|2015 Academic Sessions
||2016 Academic Sessions
|September 19, 2015
||January 9, 2016
|September 26, 2015
||January 16, 2016
|October 17, 2015
||February 13, 2016
|October 31, 2015
||February 20, 2016
|November 7, 2015
||March 5, 2016
|November 14, 2015
||March 19, 2016
|December 5, 2015
||April 2, 2016
|December 19, 2015
||April 16, 2016
||May 7, 2016
||May 14, 2016 - GRADUATION
Participants are also expected to engage in community service throughout the fall component. All students must participate in the Freerice.com program
and choose an additional option below.
Freerice.com: All Upward Bound participants must be involved in the Freerice.com program. Free Rice
is an internet based program that provides 10 grains of rice for the hungry for each correct answer given to a specific question. This is an educational program on various subjects that will increase your learning power as well as feed a hungry child or adult. Each Upward Bound participant is expected to contribute 1000 grains of rice a month
. This can be achieved by answering 100 questions a month, or two questions a day.
Pop tabs will be collected for the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides lodging for parents and terminally ill children. A minimum of 50 pop tabs each academic session
is required to count as a contribution.
Upward Bound contributes can goods to the Union Mission, Mountain Mission, Helping Hands, WVSU Food Pantry and Sojourners. Students must bring at least two (2) cans of food each academic session
to receive credit for this community service project.
The Upward Bound program supports a community service project sponsored by the Lion’s Club. The Lion’s Club collects old eye glasses irrespective of their condition and recycles them into glasses for citizens of Third World countries. Students must collect at least three (3) pairs of glasses
to receive credit as a contribution.
Old Cell Phones:
Old or broken cell phones are collected to support victims of domestic violence. Students must bring in at least one (1) cell phone
to count toward the community service contribution.
Upward Bound also provides after-school tutoring during the Fall Component. Staff and tutors travel weekly to high schools in order to provide one-on-one assistance to participants in need. Tutoring is also available at the Upward Bound main office on the campus of West Virginia State University.
2015-2016 Tutoring Schedule
|South Charleston High School - Cafeteria
||WVSU - 2nd Floor Sullivan Hall
||Capital High School - Room 124
|2:20 - 4:20pm
||3:00 - 5:00pm
||3:00 - 5:00pm
Upward Bound participants attend a six-week residential program on the campus of West Virginia State University during the summer. This summer component is designed to be a more in-depth experience for participants as they will be exposed to academic challenges, cultural experiences, and social activities. Additionally, participants will be staying on campus in the residence halls, supervised by our expert team of tutor-counselors. Completing this aspect of Upward Bound can prepare how students think about their goals, aspirations, and who they want to be. Great success is likely to follow.
The purpose of the summer component is to give students an academic head start on the upcoming school year. Upward Bound uses professional and tenured teachers to provide instruction in history, English, math, and science. Classes reflect similar courses students will be taking
in the future. After a rigorous course load, students should be well prepared to succeed in the Fall. Tutoring is also available during the summer component.
The classroom does not consist of just the four walls in a building. For Upward Bound participants, the classroom is borderless. The opportunity to learn spreads out among the world and it is our duty to explore. During the summer, students will travel out of state to a variety of cultural events, such as fascinating museum exhibits, unique theater experiences, successful companies, socially conscious organizations, and upscale restaurants. This is designed to encourage students to expand their own horizons and become “citizens of the world.” Through this level of consciousness, students can compete in a global society.
In Upward Bound, we work hard and we play hard! During our summer component, we have a range of social and recreational activities for students. We offer food nights (banana split, taco in a bag, smoothie, etc.) game nights, dances, and even compete in the statewide Upward Bound Olympic Games Competition. These activities promote fellowship, teamwork, and pride—all qualities that can drive success.