TRiO Upward Bound program

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The mission of the TRiO Upward Bound program is to prepare low-income, potential first generation students from Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men and Osborn High School for the rigors of higher education. Participants will be provided with cultural experiences, opportunities for service learning and leadership experiences, which will transform them from students to leaders. Students are academically supported from a school and home perspective with services, experiences and opportunities that help them in the pursuit and the achievement of their dreams becoming a reality.

Program structure

TRiO Upward Bound is a year-round rigorous, academic program. Inaugural year students will join Upward Bound in January 2018.

  • Saturday morning Academic year sessions, including weekly instructional contact with certified teachers, peer coaches and tutors; Teachers will focus on the core curriculum, and students will participate in field trips and SAT prep courses;
  • Monthly parent meetings are designed to assist families in becoming a part of and creating a community of support for students;
  • Dual enrollment opportunities through University of Detroit Mercy for eligible students.

Students in TRiO Upward Bound programProgram is cost free

Because the program is fully funded by federal funds, the monetary cost to the family is zero. In return, we ask that each and every student demonstrate their commitment and dedication to the program by putting forth their BEST effort in EVERY aspect of the program. We also require that Upward Bound students conduct themselves in an exemplary manner at all times. Our Upward Bound students are a reflection of our programming!

Value of TRiO Upward Bound Participation

The value of an Upward Bound experience is priceless! We invest in our students, because we believe in their potential to overcome obstacles, by immersing themselves in opportunities that will allow them to become successful in their future endeavors. Our services provide individualized academic services that allow each student to build upon positive life skills, while embracing exclusive opportunities that support and nurture the student as a whole.

Academic School Year Program

Because support during the academic year is key to the learning process, Upward Bound students will attend sessions that meet three Saturdays per month on the McNichols campus of University of Detroit Mercy. Participants will be bussed to and from University of Detroit Mercy from their home sites.

Summer Enrichment Program

During the 6-week Summer Enrichment Program, TRiO Upward Bound students focus on the following:

  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Composition
  • Literature


Upward Bound students will also be exposed to arts and cultural experiences and events, and recreational activities. Older students will receive assistance with college entrance exams, college applications and additionally participate in financial aid workshops and sessions.

TRiO Upward Bound students are provided with the following:

  • Transportation to and from University of Detroit Mercy
  • Pre-College Study Skills
  • Stipends (Based upon attendance and participation)
  • Motivational Speakers
  • UB T-shirts
  • College Success Profile
  • Academic Enrichment Courses
  • Class Awards
  • Financial Literacy Programming
  • Computer Lab Access
  • College Advising
  • Individual Tutoring
  • ACT/SAT Prep Courses
  • Field Trips
  • Lunch
  • Snacks

9th Grade Opportunities & Benefits

  • Breakfast & Lunch (Summer)
  • Yoga
  • College Campus Tour
  • Learning Style Inventory
  • PSAT Prep Courses
  • Community Service Experience 
  • Out-of-classroom learning opportunities
  • Visits to:
    • Arab American National Museum
    • Detroit Historical Society
    • Michigan Science Center and more!

10th Grade Opportunities & Benefits

  • Breakfast & Lunch (Summer)
  • Activities (theatre, tennis, etc.)
  • Field Trips (Museums, Tigers Game, Movies, etc.)
  • Foreign Language Classes
  • PSAT Pre-Courses
  • Leadership Development Workshops
  • Community Service Experience
  • Outdoor Adventure Park Experience

11th Grade Opportunities & Benefits

  • SAT Prep Courses and Assessments
  • M-STEP Assessments
  • ACT WorkKeys Career & College Readiness
  • Intro to College Admissions
  • College Scholarship Advising & Assistance
  • Community Service Experience
  • Leadership Development Workshops
  • University Recreational Experience
  • College Residential Weekend Experience
  • Field Trips (Tigers Games, Movies, Cultural Institutions)
  • Fitness Center Classes
  • Outdoor Adventure Park Experience
  • Public Speaking Workshops

12th Grade Opportunities & Benefits

  • Individualized College Application
  • Resume Writing/Building
  • Personal Statement Writing Sessions
  • Financial Aid & FAFSA Workshops
  • Scholarship advising & Assistance
  • Senior Trip(s)
  • Outdoor Adventure Park Experience
  • Senior Community Service Project
  • Residential Experience on a College Campus

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    What we require of our students

    • Regular attendance throughout the duration of the academic and summer sessions
    • Regular Participation & Engagement in Programs
    • Rigorous Academic Course Selections
    • High Academic Performance
    • Timely submission of all report cards & test scores to the Upward Bound Office
    • Community Service Participation
    • Effort & Attention in all Programs & Workshops
    • Exemplary  Behavior, befitting of an Upward Bound Scholar