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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.

October 29, 2013

OXY UB Sophomores from Franklin High School in Highland Park.

UB participants stopped by during recruitment to say hello and catch up.  A whole new group of students will be coming to campus soon.  And in a few weeks, Chente, Diana, and Ezequiel will no longer be "newbies."  All students will meet the new admits on an upcoming campus tour.  Thank you to all UB participants that came out and showed their UB spirit during recruitment.

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October 19, 2013

UB Juniors make their annual trip to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Academic Coordinator Violeta Mendoza and College Adviser Aide Marvin Brown take a group of students from Franklin and WIlson HS for community service.  Every trip that students take, they watch a video about the current situation of hunger in Los Angeles and they get oriented with their volunteer area.  OXY UB partners with L.A. Works to get students signed up and confirm a day.  The Upward Bound program strongly encourages all students to do community service.

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October 4, 2013

OXY UB participants from Lincoln High school speak about their UB experience.

This October, all hands are on deck during OXY Upward Bound recruitment.  Students from all four high schools came to program presentations and spoke about the Upward Bound program.  Lincoln HS in Lincoln Heights is one of the oldest high schools in LAUSD.  Pretty soon, we will be admitting and welcoming a new crop of Lincoln High students.

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September 24, 2013

OXY UB Seniors attend CSU College Night

Upward Bound participants from Franklin High School, took time out of their schedule to attend the CSU College Fair in Pasadena.  Representatives were on hand from all 23 CSU campuses.  Students had a free opportunity to meet with campus representatives, get answers to specific questions, and attend workshops on the college application and financial aid process.  Richard, Adan, and Geovani are definitely making TRIO work! Good luck to all Seniors!

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July 26, 2013

SY 2013 is in the books.

The UB family, and the families of UB family, came together on the last day of Summer 2013 to close out a great summer. The summer started with some challenges, ended in a familiar place, and now everyone can take a breather. UB traditions continued this summer with Spirit Week, and new UB moments were made like Ms. Parra's Journalism class "UB Times." OMG, this blogger can't put it down! As usual the summer bids farewell to the Senior Class. And as they ready for their Senior Year, we here in the UB office are looking foward to another Academic Year.  

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