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Summer Bridge Students

Program Overview

TRIO Upward Bound is a federally funded program that helps qualified high school students develop the skills and motivation needed to successfully complete high school, and advance to and complete a college education. The Upward Bound Program includes Academic Year support as well as a Summer Academy. University of Memphis Upward Bound serves Kirby High School, Sheffield High School, and Melrose High School.

Types of Projects

Upward Bound projects provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and work-study programs also are supported. To learn more, click here.

Academic Year Support

Appropriate academic support is vital to student success. Upward Bound provides our participants with full academic year support, to ensure each student is meeting necessary academic requirements to persist towards high school graduation. Success Coaches meet with students weekly at their high school to provide many different services. To learn more, click here.

Summer Academy

Upward Bound Summer Academy is a six-week summer experience held at the University of Memphis main campus. Students get a taste of the college experience by taking college-style classes, living in residences halls, participating in service projects, and so much more. Students must be current participants or rising 9th grades, registered at our target schools, to participate. To learn more, click here.

Upward Bound Ambassadors

The Upward Bound (UB) Ambassador program is purposed for developing leaders out of the student populations we serve. Our goal is for students to grow to become leaders, not only in UB but amongst their school peers and in their communities. UB Ambassadors serve as program leaders who demonstrate and represent our specific mantra "each one teach one". Students selected for this position will gain leadership and communication skills, receive priority selection on designated trips, assist with planning for future UB events, and will be given opportunities to acquire additional community service hours. To learn more, click here.

Will UB My Mentor?

The "Will UB My Mentor?" program will enhance and expand services to TRIO Upward Bound students. It is important for high school students to have a role model who has experience with postsecondary education. The purpose of this mentoring program is to connect Upward Bound students with college students who are just like them. To learn more, click here.