The Upward Bound program provides opportunities and resources to help its high school participants succeed, both in their pre-college achievement and their higher education pursuits.
The Occidental College Upward Bound program assists low-income, disconnected and first-generation students in the central and northeastern sections of Los Angeles. The program is designed to ensure success in secondary education completion and post-secondary matriculation, retention and completion. This is made possible through one-on-one academic advisement, weekly academic enrichment services and workshops, and a summer residential experience. Upward Bound identifies and recruits high school students who have the potential to attend college, and who will benefit in this pursuit by the resources Upward Bound offers.
In 2018-19, Upward Bound provided the following services to 122 students from Franklin, Lincoln, Wilson, and Belmont High Schools:
- College prep workshops
- Assistance with the Admission and Financial Aid process
- SAT bootcamp
- PSAT prep workshops
- State Assessment preparation workshops
- Academic advisement
- Career exploration workshops
- Junior mentoring program
- Junior SoCal college trip
- After-school tutoring services
- College tours
- Cultural activities
- Parent classes
- Senior transition retreat
With the help of Oxy’s computer science department, Upward Bound also launched its STEM program this year, which featured computer coding classes, a visit to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a Properties of Motion Physics Lab workshop at Disneyland, and STEM college tours.