Federal grant continues program

Staff report


Youngstown State University’s Upward Bound program, which helps Youngstown city high-school students prepare for college, has received a $249,000 grant to continue the program for 2014-15.

The grant money is from the federal Upward Bound program, which this year is celebrating 50 years of service to students. It is designed to help low-income and/or first-generation, college-bound high-school students graduate from high school, enroll in and succeed in post-secondary education. Two- thirds of the participants are from families whose incomes are below 150 percent of the federal poverty level and in which neither parent graduated from college.

“Through this grant-funded opportunity, we are able to assist students in recognizing that college is their opportunity,” said Sherri Harper Woods, YSU Upward Bound director.

Since its start in 1998, YSU’s Upward Bound has served nearly 250 students. YSU’s Upward Bound has a 97 percent high-school graduation rate.

Twenty-five percent of the students rank in the top 20 percent of their class. About eight out of every 10 students who participate in YSU Upward Bound have enrolled in college.

Upward Bound students participate in a variety of programs throughout high school, including classes in math, science, foreign language and English. Direct services to students include after-school instructional tutoring, Saturday enrichment classes, OGT and ACT test preparation and a six-week summer residential experience designed to immerse students in a college campus community.

The summer program includes intense academic instruction in math, science and engineering, language arts and foreign language, college visits, cultural, social and community service activities. There is no cost to participants.

For program or application information, visit the YSU Upward Bound site or call 330-941-4665.

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