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May 28, 2015

One closing represents another beginning...

May 23rd marks the culminating ceremony for Seniors who have participated in Upward Bound since their 9th or 10th grade. It is with honor we celebrate the Class of 2015’s triumphs, struggles, and growth in year of mutual learning and changing relationships. Thus, Senior Ceremony was not only Upward Bound’s departing gift to the seniors—it was an opportunity to show the underclassmen what it means to navigate high school with the Upward Bound family.  As Upward Bound continues to grow and deepen its relationship to students and the community, Senior Breakfast allows for the UB members to share their love for one another (and enjoy delicious breakfast provided by the always appreciated Campus Dining.)...

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May 12, 2015

A Celebration for the Parents!

With over 53 parents activity involved in our Parent Institute, we are very proud to bring 2014-2015 Parent Institute to a close. This year marked the creation and implementation of the Parent Institute, a program that explores effective communication techniques between students, parents and Upward Bound in order to see students develop into stronger and more determined scholars. The celebratory Parent-Student Luncheon provided a key opportunity for students and their parents to speak directly to one another with guided questions to better understand each other's struggles and needs. The luncheon not only provided us a venue to thank the parents for thier dedication but to also allow them to express their appreciation for Upward Bound as...

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April 23, 2015

Words cannot express how proud we are!

This past Monday, Upward Bound received the amazing news that UB Senior Jose Meneses has been selected as a 2015 Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient! We jumped, we cried, we laughed, we celebrated this extraordinary award because this is a national recognition awarded to only 1000 graduating seniors from low income, underrepresented communities.  Jose’s commitment to establish himself as a respectable agent of change and deep commitment to leadership in the northeast Los Angeles region has earned him this prestigious scholarship which will fully cover the cost of attendance not only to Jose’s undergraduate institutions, UC Davis, but will also fully fund a graduate level education.

This accomplishment represents another scholar in the...

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April 1, 2015

From LA to the Bay: The Platinum Club Story

This year marked the beginning of Upward Bound’s Platinum Club, a special project that tailors to juniors with at least a 3.8 GPA needed additional tailored services for competitive admission to the top universities in the country. Through events such as LA’s Cash for College and SAT Bootcamps, these scholars are exposed to high stake admission criteria and are guided to push forth in their personal and academic development.

As part of their incentives to push themselves to learn SAT vocabulary, Platinum Club juniors where challenged with 4 SAT vocabulary quizzes, with the students with the highest scores earning a spot on the Northern California College Tour...

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March 11, 2015

UB Class of 2015 first official college home!

Congratulations Lay!

After participating in the Franklin and Marshall College’s Collegiate Leadership Summit, UB Senior Ngoun Lay decided to move foward in his college journey by applying Early Decision. To ensure that Early Decision would be a responsible step, the financial aid offered released an estimated financial award letter which outlined the amount of gift aid and loans. UB gave him the greenlight to proceed and we are pleased to announce that Ngoun Lay will be attending Franklin and Marshall College with a -2000 award letter! Yes, that is a negative. This means that Lay has earned a FULL RIDE to this well-established liberal arts campus in Pennsylvania! We are so proud of you!

The Upward Bound family wants...

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February 23, 2015

Community College: An opportunity to redefine yourself as a student. 

Sometimes the words "Community College" ignites negative perceptions to many students. However, for thousands, this system provides you support your need to be the first in your family to earn a Bachelor's degree. It may not be an easy system to navigate but with Upward Bound we can ensure you are taking the right clases to transfer to a 4 year, earn a AA, participate in enrichment programs and ultimately acheive your college goals.
It is all in your mindset.
Listen to college freshmen Geovani Malta share his testimonial upon completing his first semester at East Los Angeles College.


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February 17, 2015

Congratulations to the four Platinum Club Juniors who earned a Northern California college tour!

This academic year marks the inauguration of the Platinum Club for Upward Bound, a special program within UB that tailors services to juniors and seniors with at least a 3.8 GPA for admission at top-tier universities across the country. Current junior Platinum Club members have been taking monthly SAT vocab quizzes with two incentives: 1) to help strengthen their scores and 2) to be able to earn a spot on the Northern California College Tour. The competition has been fierce for all Platinum Club members and they should expect to continue more practice in SAT prep well into the academic year. Congratulations to Chente Aguirre, Shirley Beteta, Lilly Garcia, and Ezequiel Ramos for their hard work!

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February 5, 2015

Lets Celebrate Academic Excellence TOGETHER!

The UB Staff was thrilled to have been able to attend 2015's Franklin High School's Academic Jacket Ceremony. UB Seniors Ithzel Arvizu, Ashley Lizarraga, and Jose Meneses were recongized for their stellar academic performance throughout their high school careers, each maintaining at least a 3.5GPA for 7 semesters. We are proud to be able to share this moment to you as your successes are our successes. And lets not forget all the Upward Bound underclassmen in attendance and the special contributions Rafael Garcia and Kevin Nunez had in the ceremony. 

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February 4, 2015

Communication is not as easy as we think...

Team Purple

Upward Bound New Admits began their Upward Bound workshop series exploring the importance of communication—and how challenging yet rewarding it can be.  In the “Balloon Tower” activity, teams with significant limitations such as having 2 persons who could not talk, 2 who could not stand, and 1 with closed eyes, had to build a balloon tower. How is it that a team comes together for the common goal? How can you collaborate to ensure everyone has a role in the objective? Can you keep you cool as time runs out? But more importantly, how do you make sure you communicate well enough to pass the facilitator’s “Blow” test?


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January 27, 2015

Check out of UB Senior Ngoun Lay has to say at his transformative experience in the Franklin and Marshall's Collegiate Leadership Summit Fly Out program in Pennsylvania.

All UB scholars should strive for a fly-out program experience to expand their post-secondary exposure and fortify their passion to successfully transition from high school to college. 
Sometimes, the only way to find your best match institution is to spend a couple days on campus. Meet other college applicants from across the nation. Take advantage of any campus visit opportunities!!!
Check out the Franklin and Marshall Fly Out program: http://www.fandm.edu/admission/admission-advice/for-guidance-counselors/collegiate-leadership-summit
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