The Upward Bound Program is funded by the U.S Department of Education and is part of the TRIO program. The goal of the program is to assist students who identify as low income and/or first generation, in reaching their overall academic potential.Upward Bound participants attend year round weekend classes to assist them in SAT preparation, Regents preparation and other academic needs. The program also provides students with tutors on an as need bases. During the summer time, selected students have the opportunity to experience college life first hand by participating in a four-week summer program at Vassar College, where they will take for academic classes, live on campus and experience life as a college student. The goal of this summer experience is to paint a clearer picture of what students might expect once they enter college.Aside from the academic aspect of Upward Bound students also have the opportunity to participate in college trips, workshops, educational field trips, as well as other social activities at no cost to the student. The program provides services to 68 eligible students from 9th to 12th grade from the following high school in Queens: Aviation, International, Newtown, Robert Wagner and W.C. Bryant.
Upward Bound Program
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thompson Avenue,
Room: B234 Office O
Long Island City, NY 11101
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Academic Year Program Overview
During the academic year component, our students attend Saturday sessions in Mathematics, critical reading, and writing, as well as individual and small group tutoring in specific subject areas. Our staff works closely with the juniors in our program to prepare them for the SAT. Regents review sessions are offered for students taking the exams. In addition to Saturday sessions, students are provided with the opportunity to attend weekly tutoring, and attend various activities and trips that are programmed throughout the year. Such activities include college campus visits, museum visits, and movie outings.The Upward Bound Program works very closely with seniors assisting them with their college applications. For example, we have invited past Upward Bound students, who are now in college, to speak to our current high school seniors about their college application process. By doing this, we have found that current students create a network with alumni who are already attending.The program also organizes a career day, where a number of professionals from various fields speak to students about their career paths. Professions have included medicine, teaching, law, journalism, fashion, and interior design fields.Financial Aid workshops are conducted as well, and students and parents are assisted in filling out and filing their financial aid applications online. Students are assisted with their scholarship search and applications.The development of leadership and the spirit of service are also crucial to increasing student motivation and sense of personal worth. Hence, the project places students in roles of responsibility, both with respect to their own educational choices and in their interaction with their communities.
During the summer, approximately 30-35 students are selected to attend Vassar College for four-weeks of intensive academic work. An Associate Director, Assistant Director and a staff of eight mentor/tutors are hired to live on campus with the students, and attend classes. All mentor/tutors have completed their bachelor’s degree or are in their junior or senior year of study. Two teachers are also hired to teach two interdisciplinary classes in Math/Science and English/Social Studies. Our faculty comes from the college and high school ranks, with classes designed to give students a college type classroom experience.