YSU’s Upward Bound gets federal funding

Logo for Youngstown State University's Upward Bound high school student enrichment program.Youngstown State University’s Upward Bound program, which helps Youngstown city high school students prepare for college, has received $250,000 to continue the program for another year.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Education could be extended an additional four years at $250,000 a year contingent on satisfactory progress in the program.

“We are pleased that YSU will be able to continue to offer this important program,” said Sherri Harper Woods, YSU Upward Bound director. “For nearly 15 years, Upward Bound has helped students in Youngstown City High Schools succeed in the pursuit of their academic and personal goals.”

Upward Bound is designed to help low-income and/or first-generation, college-bound high school students enroll in and succeed in post-secondary education.

Since its start in 1998, the YSU program has served nearly 200 students in Youngstown public high schools. More than 90 percent of the students who complete the program enroll in college, mostly at YSU.

Upward Bound students participate in a variety of programs throughout high school, including classes in math, science, foreign language/culture and English, after-school instructional tutoring, Saturday enrichment classes and ACT test preparation.  There is no cost to the participants.

In addition, students attend a six-week residential summer program on the YSU campus, which, this year, runs June 4 through July 12. Students stay in Cafaro House residence hall. The summer program includes intense academic instruction in math, laboratory science, English and foreign language, as well as cultural, social and community service activities.

“The goal of the summer program is to allow students to live, study and dine in a college campus community and to get a taste for what it is like to be a college student,” Woods said.

Upward Bound is currently recruiting 9th grade students who will be attending East or Chaney High Schools for the 2012-13 academic year. For program or application information, visit the YSU Upward Bound site, or call 330-941-4664.