Upward Bound Mission Statement
Upward Bound is an intensive, year-round college-preparatory program. Our mission is to assist low-income, first-generation college bound high school students in the successful completion of secondary education and prepare them academically and socially for enrollment and completion of higher education. The mission also instills the ideas of achievement in all aspects necessary to succeed collegiately and includes building an atmosphere that enhances positive self-esteem while fostering unity and collaboration. In essence, Upward Bound helps students achieve their full potential.
Upward Bound serves 56 students selected from the Superior School District. Dedicated participants are eligible to remain in the program until high school graduation.
What is Upward Bound?
Upward Bound is a federally funded program created in 1964 to identify and assist promising high school students who face barriers to completing high school and enrolling in a post-secondary institution. Over the past 45 years, more than 778 Upward Bound programs across the nation have helped hundreds of thousands of young people. The University of Wisconsin-Superior is one of 14 Upward Bound programs in Wisconsin providing support services to high potential students who would be unlikely to pursue higher education without extra support. Upward Bound provides that support at no cost to the families or the school district.
What do students do?
During the academic year, Upward Bound students receive tutoring, counseling, and study skills training to help them improve their grades and self-confidence. Students also visit college campuses and businesses; attend plays, concerts, lectures; and build relationships through social, recreational and cultural activities.
During the summer, Upward Bound students participate in a six-week residency program on the UW-Superior campus. Students live in a residence hall, take challenging academic classes, and participate in a variety of field trips as well as cultural, social, athletic and career-related activities. The summer program offers opportunities for gaining confidence and independence through hard work and academic achievement in a simulated college setting.