The mission of Upward Bound of SUNY Buffalo State, in conjunction with the Council for Opportunity in Education, (COE) is to advance and defend the right of equal education in post-secondary education for all Americans. We aim to accomplish this by involving underrepresented youth and their parents in activities that will improve high school graduation rates in the City of Buffalo and ultimately, increase post-secondary enrollment rates.
Upward Bound Program at SUNY Buffalo State was established to provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.
The program offers services to high school students between 13 to 19 years of age. Conceptually, the Upward Bound Program at SUNY Buffalo State was designed to increase the number of disadvantaged students with demonstrated potential to enroll and graduate from institutions of higher education. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families and/or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
The Upward Bound Program provides year-around academic, cultural, social and residential support services to approximately 90 income-eligible and/or First Generation College bound students. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. Upward Bound is a Federal TRIO Program, of the Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education, consisting of educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Upward Bound has successfully assisted many low income and/or first generation high school students to realize their worth as productive, contributing members in a wide range of career fields. Graduates of the program are represented in fields such as: law, medicine, Education, Business, Engineering, Nursing, Teaching, and many more.
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