Upward Bound is a federally funded college access TRiO program. Our main objective is to assist high school students towards post-secondary degree attainment.
Oxy Upward Bound Mission:
The Occidental College Upward Bound Program assists underrepresented, low income, and first generation students in the central and northeastern sections of Los Angeles with secondary education completion and post-secondary matriculation and completion through one-on-one academic advisement utilizing a case management approach, weekly academic enrichment services and workshops, and summer residential programming. These transformative experiences in turn, promote resiliency, integrity, self-actualization, and the embodiment of competitive greatness so that students become life-long learners who can advocate for themselves and their community.
Upward Bound History:
By the late 1960s, it was apparent that post-secondary educational achievement was required to triumph over systematic, institutional barriers to opportunity and progress. With Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of the War on Poverty in 1964, Upward Bound was created within the Office of Economic Opportunity as a way to have first generation; low income students break the cycle of poverty and gain access to universities across the country. The core of the program combines the power of a summer residential program for high school students with the constant care and mentorship of committed staff members to ensure these students are prepared for the demands of a college level education.
In 1968, Upward Bound was transferred to the Office of Education, now known as the Department of Education, joining its fellow TRiO programs in creating an education and opportunity access pipeline for a high need population within the United States. Upward Bound has maintained is relevance for over 50 years because of its ability to adapt the needs of today students, using its strong network to support its longevity, inform its practice and operations, and remain accountable to the community it serves.