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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!

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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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January 20, 2015

Congratulations on Franklin High School senior Ashley Lizarraga for being a Posse Foundation Scholar Finalist! 

The Posse Foundation is nationally acclaimed college student support program which supports underrepresented students with strong leadership potential not only financially but more importantly in building strong and meaningful connections with their institutuion and other scholars. 


Listen to Ashley's testimonial here!




As a student, you have to reach out to find those opportunities and resources that will enrich your college experience. Organizations like the Posse Foundation can fundamentally impact the success you experience while you earn your college degree. It takes a lot of work and commitment but believe in yourself the way we believe in you!


Learn more about the Posse Foundation: http://www....

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January 13, 2015

Uncover Your Potential-- Students Together Organizing Peace 

Listen to UB Senior Jose Meneses's (Class of 2015) journey in becoming aware of his power to bring awareness and change to his community, culminating in an extraordinary art gallery in 2014. Remember, you have the power to create the changes in your community you want to see. Rise up to your potential.
Learn more:
Peace Over Violence: http://www.peaceoverviolence.org/
Cindi Santana's Story:
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February 19, 2014

Congratulations to Linda Godinez for participating in the Annual ASCE Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition.

The first blog of the Spring semester is dedicated to Ms. Linda Godinez, from Belmont High School. Linda has been at OXY UB for two years now, and is about to enter her Senior year. This young lady always has something going on, whether it's summer program or academic year.  We encourage all of our students to stay active, participate in academic programs in school and do community service. The annual popsicle stick competition was held at Cal State Northride on February 15, 2014. The competition, in it's 20th year, brought over 250 high school students to compete. Congratulations to Linda and her team.

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November 6, 2013

UB Seniors Are Making it Happen

Senior, Pedro Chavez from Belmont High School joined the OXY Upward Bound program two years ago. Currently all seniors in the UB program are taking care of college applications, their coursework in school, extra activities, and finishing up their last year in Upward Bound. Students like Pedro make sure to support Upward Bound, by attending recruitment and speaking on behalf of the program. Every senior in the program, should be taking full advantage of workshops, Financial Aid night, support from the UB office, and asking for help if you need it. Good luck to all of our seniors during the college application season.