Program Services


Upward Bound serves a total of 56 Westchester Enriched Magnets students. Once admitted into the program as 9th or 10th graders, it is expected that students will remain active participants through high school graduation. As participants graduate, additional students are recruited to maintain the 56- student maximum.

To be eligible for Upward Bound, a student must be:

  • Low-income, as defined by the US Department of Education
  • Potential first-generation college student (neither parent has earned a Bachelor's degree);
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

In addition:

  • 2/3 of project participants must be both low-income and first-generation.
  • 1/3 of project participants must be at a higher risk of dropping out of high school.
  • Most importantly, students must have the desire and potential to attend college, and must commit to work towards that goal.

Academic Year

The UB academic year program offers instruction, advising and enrichment opportunities for participants at both WESM and LMU.

Instruction & Supplemental Tutoring

Instruction in math, literature, composition, laboratory science and foreign languages, aligned with the high school curriculum is supplemental to that which is offered in the high school classroom. Supplemental instruction allows participants to review, process practice, and apply concepts taught in the classroom. Students are provided tutoring in all subjects. Specific instructional activities are designed to complement the courses in which participants are enrolled.


Services provided include academic advising, career exploration, college counseling and assistance with college and financial aid applications, life skills development, and leadership training. Guest speakers, including successful college students, give motivational presentations. Workshops on student success are offered to families. Students are recognized for their academic and personal achievements.

Enrichment Activities

These activities are designed to support students personally and academically and increase social capital. Participants attend concerts, museums, plays, sporting events, and tour local and state colleges and universities. UB students perform community service and serve as members of the UB Student Advisory Council (SAC). The SAC President is also a member of the Upward Bound Advisory Board.

Bridging instruction and enrichment is the UB Book of the Semester program. The goal of the UB Book of the Semester program is to build community though a common intellectual experience. Each semester all participants, instructors and UB staff read a book chosen by the UB staff. The UB Book of the Semester program serves as a bridge between instruction and enrichment. After personal reflection and group discussion, the students meet the author or go to a play or film based on the book or a related theme.

Typical Saturday Schedule

  • 8:30 am: Arrival, Sign-in, Continental Breakfast, Announcements
  • 9 am: General Session/Motivational Keynote, Parent Workshops
  • 10 am: Instruction and Tutoring
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Career Exploration, College Planning, PSAT/SAT Prep
  • 3 pm: Departure

Note: Some Saturdays include college visits, activities with other TRIO programs, community service, and enrichment activities such as attendance at plays & sporting events, and museum visits.

Summer Program

The summer component is designed to provide an intense and dynamic learning experience for participants, with the goal of encouraging a passion for learning. LMU UB's summer program is based on a Los Angeles (LA) themed curriculum and uses the city as a classroom. The curriculum, centered in and on the city in which the students live, requires that they explore new areas and ideas about the city, integrate concepts, and form a worldview about their responsibilities as citizens. Read more.