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The Upward Bound Program is a year-round, federally sponsored, educational program serving high school students from the High School of Commerce in Springfield, MA. Students are eligible to participate in this program if they are from families in which neither parent has a bachelor's degree and/or if they qualify as low-income. The goal of the Upward Bound Program is to increase the rate at which participants successfully complete high school, enroll in and graduate from college.
The Upward Bound Program stresses the development of social, emotional and academic skills and motivation for students who might not traditionally be considered college-bound. During the academic year, participants are provided a variety of services ranging from individual tutoring, career advising, SAT and MCAS prep, to college positive workshops, cultural enrichment and much more. During the intensive Summer Institute, Upward Bound provides participants with the experience of attending UMass Amherst, take courses, engage with issues cruitical to their own experiences and that of their communities while enjoying fun and educational activities during their time on campus.
In addition, the program addresses other issues critical to success in high school and college such as time management, self-discipline, responsibility, self-esteem, and multicultural knowledge, social justice and respect.