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. Fort Lewis College Upward Bound serves Durango, Montezuma-Cortez, and Ignacio high schools.
The Upward Bound Summer Academy is a five-week college preparatory program that gives Upward Bound students a taste of the college experience. Held from early June to early July, participants take college-style classes, participate in service projects, and experience college-like social life through sports, cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, group interaction, and social events. Participants receive instruction in reading, composition, foreign language, math and laboratory science. In addition, they are offered guidance in educational and career opportunities, as well as exposure to enrichment activities designed to promote leadership, cultural awareness, and self-confidence.
Summer Academy Leaders
What is an Upward Bound Summer Academy Leader?
An Upward Bound Summer Academy Leader is a college student who has experience living in a campus dormitory and succeeding in college, and who wants to share that experience with college-bound high school students. A Summer Leader lives in a residence hall with Upward Bound students throughout the Summer Academy, during which Leaders facilitate conversation groups, plan and lead evening recreational activities, manage student service projects, chaperone and assist on field trips, and generally serve as the primary resource for information, inspiration, and assistance to Upward Bound Summer Academy participants.
Why would you want to be a UB Summer Academy Leader? Beyond the basic expectations and requirements, Upward Bound Summer Academy Leaders are offered tremendous opportunities for creativity, adventure, challenge, friendship, and expression of individual excitement for their college experience.
Summer Academy 2014 application deadline has passed. If interested for next year, check back in February. Applications are usually due in March of each year.