A Bit About Us
Upward Bound, the oldest of a series of programs known as TRIO programs, was created as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” TRIO programs sought to provide educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. Upward Bound is a highly successful, college preparatory program of rigorous academic instruction, individual tutoring and counseling for potential first-generation or low-income college-bound graduates.
Since 1971, Johnson C. Smith University’s Upward Bound Program has helped thousands of students prepare for a successful college education. In an effort to provide students with the skills needed to enter and complete a college or university of their choice, students participate in the Program throughout high school on a year-round basis. This structure is designed to help ensure their continued education. Upward Bound is divided into three components:
Services are designed to the develop essential skills, study habits and discipline necessary for success in high school and college.
The Academic Year services include:
Academic Saturday Classes
College preparatory and career planning workshops
College and university visits
Study skills and test-taking strategy workshops
Academic and personal counseling sessions
Field trips to local businesses or cultural centers
Personal development workshops Parent Seminars
Tutorials and Academic Saturday classes will be conducted and geared to high school course content and skills development.
The Summer Institute provides students with a simulated college experience, thus taking the fear out of attending college. It provides students with the opportunity to develop academic and human relationship skills and exposes students to a college environment, including residential living.
Upward Bound seniors who successfully graduate from high school may participate in the final Program experience - the Bridge Program. The Program will assist participants in “bridging” the gap from high school to college by providing actual college preparation. Participants who successfully complete the Bridge Program, will receive:
The College Experience
Career/Work Study Research and Pay