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Upward Bound hosts TRiO Exchange Day

TRiO Exchange Day

​​Mirroring the concept of a student exchange program, Upward Bound hosted TRiO Exchange Day, where students from a partner TRiO Program are matched with UB Scholars for a day of all things TRiO – Notre Dame. Traveling from Chicago, Illinois, Upward Bound participants of the Dime Child Foundation were partnered with UB Scholars as they indulged in the cuisine of the Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant, discussed shared experiences, and even shared a few falls as they enjoyed ice skating in the Compton Family Ice Arena. To finalize the day, students received a campus tour provided by Notre Dame alumunus and Upward Bound advisor, Alkeyna Aldridge. Upward Bound junior, Jermaine Lighthall mentioned, "This was pretty cool. I've never been ice-skating before, so that was a new experience within itself. Plus, conversations with the other students made me realize how fortunate we are to be in Upward Bound."

ETS hosts Shadow for a Day

Shadow for a Day

While most of South Bend’s high school students were preparing for a typical day, sophomore and junior Educational Talent Search (ETS) scholars were preparing for their first day of college via “Shadow for a Day,” an event designed to further access and exposure to the collegiate environment by spending a day on campus with a college student. During the event, 21 ETS scholars shadowed Notre Dame students for a typical day. Students toured the campus, attended class lectures, visited dorms, and even enjoyed lunch in the South Dining Hall. To conclude the day, students received a presentation from the Office of Admissions. Participants reported that the day’s experiences were positive, fun, and eye-opening. One ETS scholar commented, “This experience showed me that there are a lot of different classes I can choose to take in college based on my interests. I never knew that before!” Another shared that this year’s “Shadow for a Day” helped him to realize how early he needed to start planning for college (“NOW”). ND undergrads who hosted TRiO students also reported having a memorable day. “I really enjoyed myself. It made me realize how important mentoring and exposure is to high school students.” Matt Adams, ETS Advisor agreed, "I'm so thankful and appreciative of the ND students. This would be impossible without them." …

Upward Bound Scholars give back!

Rebuilding Together

In celebration of National Rebuilding Month, Upward Bound Scholars gave up their Saturday to participate in Rebuilding Together, an annual event where volunteers donate their time and skills to provide home rehabilitation and repair services free of charge to individuals in the South Bend community who are in need of a few helping hands. Students eagerly assisted with repairs such as painting, efficiency upgrades, roofing, and accessibility modifications. While the goal of Rebuilding Together is to create sustainable and impactful community partnerships, the event also provided students with an opportunity to understand the lasting impact of service. Small acts, when multiplied by millions, can transform the world. …

Upward Bound welcomes the Class of 2018!

Class of 2018

As we prepare for the bittersweet departure of the Class of 2015, we have embraced the arrival of the Class of 2018!  Surrounded by the support of their Upward Bound peers and family members, freshmen participants were officially inducted into the Upward Bound Program. With words of encouragement from the Upward Bound staff and “survival strategies” provided by Upward Bound seniors, our novice UB Scholars are now fully equipped to navigate to the next level of their four-year journey.

UB Scholars of the C/O 2016 visit Atlanta, Georgia for a three-day college tour

C/o 2016 Atlanta Excursion

Last week, UB Scholars of the Class of 2016 were able to shed those heavy winter coats as they journeyed to Atlanta, Georgia for a spring break college excursion. The itinerary included college tours of Spelman College, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse College. During the excursion, students dined at local restaurants such as the Busy Bee Café and visited local attractions such as the CNN Center, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and the World of Coca-Cola. With the combination of southern charm, history, academic tours, and a little sun, UB Scholars returned to South Bend with a renewed sense of purpose, insight, and possibilities as they navigate into their senior year.…