Upward Bound Program

The goal of the program is to provide supplemental enrichment activities and services of a personal, academic, career, and cultural nature to potential first generation college students with academic and financial need. The program helps the students to improve in the acquirement of certain academic, social, and cultural skills that will help them to gain success, and later, to cope and survive successfully in a college environment until graduation. The objective of the program is to improve retention rates and college readiness and involve the parents in the process.

The program has an academic year component and a summer component. It serves 80 students during the academic year and 60 during the summer. The summer program consists of a six-week residential program for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders and a “bridge” component targeting eligible high school seniors who have graduated from high school and are ready to matriculate into college. During the bridge experience, these recently graduated high-school students earn college credits while receiving the academic and financial support of the program. The high school students who attend the summer receive a high school elective credit in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.