Throughout the academic year, the Sandburg Upward Bound program works with its UB participants in a number of ways. The main activity during the school year occurs weekly at each target school when the program staff meet with each student. During these meetings, students work on and discuss various topics that range from study skills to test taking skills to financial aid and the college search process. All participants are expected to attend the weekly meetings.
The weekly school meeting schedule for the 2014-15 school year is as follows;
In addition to the weekly school meetings, Upward Bound provides academic tutoring throughout the school year through the program Study Lab. Study Lab is open to all UB participants who need assistance with their school work. Should a student receive a grade of C or below in a college prep course, that student will be required to attend Study Lab for an average of 4 hours per week until a grade of B has been achieved in the specified course(s) on the next report card.
The 2014-15 schedule for UB Study Lab is as follows;
Upward Bound also hosts various activities during the school year. These activities can vary from college visits to Saturday workshops to daily or weekend trips. UB participants are expected to attend program activities on a regular basis. Upward Bound does excuse students from events for students who are involved in school related activities.
Sandburg UB students also are required to complete a minimum of 8 hours of community service at some point during the academic year. Students can complete their time individually or participate in the UB community service project, which changes from year to year. Students who complete hours individually must provide documentation on the completed time.
Upward Bound participants take part in numerous activities throughout the year, activities that are designed to help students become "well-rounded" individuals. Part of being a "well-rounded" citizen is making your community a better place to live and/or having a positive impact on another person. We hope that by requiring our students to participate in community service activities that they are having a positive mark on the community that has given them so much.
During the school year, UB students do receive a monthly stipend for their participation. The amount of this stipend depends on the amount of a student's participation in program activities and meetings throughout a given month.
For more information about our academic year activities, please feel free to contact us with any questions.
The summer program is a six week experience that participants in Upward Bound attend annually. During the six weeks in the program, students work on projects, take classes, make campus visits, and go on various trips. Before the summer program begins students have a choice of which project they would like to participate in. In addition to the projects, students also take various classes, which include foreign language, comp & lit and math.
At the conclusion of the on-campus summer program, Upward Bound participants go on a trip, with locations varying from year to year. In past years, destinations have included Chicago, New York City (4 times), New Orleans, St. Louis, Nashville, Boston, Denver, and Charleston and Savannah. The purpose behind these trips is to act as a reward for all of the hard work and effort put forth by UB students throughout the course of the academic year and summer program. In addition, the trips allow students to experience various social, cultural, and educational activities which are not readily available in the program's target area.
Career Exploration Internship Program
The purpose of the internship program is to provide students an employment opportunity in a professional setting in which they have an interest or have a goal to achieve success in one day. Students are provided with the opportunity to explore the work environment, speak with professionals within their work setting, and observe the skills necessary to successfully complete everyday tasks. Based on a student's interest and goals, UB staff contact various professional employers within the community with the hope of arranging a part-time position for a UB student. Interns work up to 15 hours per week, for the months of June and July, and can be paid up to $300 per month through the internship. The number of internship positions is based on the availability of program funding.
The Upward Bound Summer Bridge program is an opportunity available to graduating UB participants. Through Summer Bridge, UB graduates have the opportunity to take up to six (6) credit hours at Carl Sandburg College that Upward Bound will pay for. Courses to choose from are limited to transferable general education classes. Graduating students have the option to take just one course if they so desire.
Summer Bridge is a great opportunity for students to get a head start on their postsecondary career and at the same time, make a successful transition to the start of their full-time college load.