Multi-cultural and first generation high school students on UW-Green Bay Upward Bound Day trip

Pre-College Program Now Enrolling, $0

UW-Green Bay is Now Enrolling Students in Summer (and beyond) Program for First-Generation Students from Green Bay Area Public High Schools

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has openings in the federally-funded Upward Bound Program. This free, multi-year program for Green Bay Area High School students, provides an intense and academic, but fun residential six-week summer program. It is followed by a full academic year of support; with advising, mentoring, ACT test preparation, tutoring, college visits and field trips for learning and fun.

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No Cost to Students

Because it is grant-funded, students at the four Green Bay Area Public High Schools not only get this incredible experience at no charge, they also get a stipend to participate.

The summer program runs from June 27 to August 7, 2021. It is not only about preparing students to attend UW-Green Bay, but preparing them to make their own choices about higher education, whether that be at UW-Green Bay, another UW school, or the technical college system.

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Preparing Students for Academic Success

Upward Bound students in the UW-Green Bay Biology Lab
Upward Bound students use UW-Green Bay facilities during the six-week summer program

“Being part of TRIO (UB) prepares students to experience greater success in high school and develop skills needed to be successful in college,” said program coordinator Michael Casbourne. “So many of the students in our area are bound for great things, they just haven’t developed the confidence, or they feel as though college is a risk. We support them in seeing what it takes to prepare and succeed at the college level. The summer residential part of the program allows students to prepare for academic success and greater academic rigor, lessen the academic summer slide, develop a greater sense of independence and self-reliance, work on life skills needed to navigate the on-campus residential life of a college student, and have a lot of fun while developing life-long friendships with people from all over Wisconsin and the upper Midwest.”

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Upward Bound students live in the residence halls during the six-week summer program.

Parents and families also benefit greatly as they learn to support their students’ life pursuits. The six-week time on campus allow the family and parents to start to develop the mindset needed to be ready for their student to go off to college and engage in life changing experiences.

Many former program participants say their experience in Upward Bound was a life-changing one.

“I did the entire program, and I was given so many opportunities to just learn about what was out there for me and not just in terms of what college is but what programs, what opportunities I could take part in during college,” said 2019 UW-Milwaukee graduate Vicki Villarreal.

“It really makes you feel like, ‘I did it, I already have experience with it. I know what it’s like to live in a college dorm. I know what it’s like to have to clean my own bathroom and be up to standards and not have anything in my room I’m not supposed to.’ But then also having that responsibility of having to show up to class on time,” Villarreal said. “So having that opportunity to do it in an environment where you know you have a safety net is such a great thing to have.”

More About Joining Upward Bound

Students can apply online. There is an end-of-summer bonus of $100 for lower-income, first-generation students who attend the summer program ($50 if they do the Transitional Program for rising ninth-graders, explained in this video.

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