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

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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.”

UWGB Upward Bound students in a dorm room
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.”

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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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UW-Green Bay TRiO programs awarded supplemental funds for STEM

Congratulations are in order for the Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) programs housed at UW-Green Bay. The Department of Education invited UB and UBMS programs to submit ideas for how they could improve the STEM options currently offered by their programs. Winners would receive one-time supplemental funds to increase or expand STEM-focused activities. Both programs received notification that each would receive the $40,000 supplemental funds to implement the proposed plans.

TRIO and Vets 4 Vets will make holiday cards for vets… with your help

Again this year, TRIO and the student Vets 4 Vets club intend to make a difference in the lives of American veterans residing at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Wis., and the Western Nebraska Veterans Home in Scottsbluff. For some vets, organizers note, the only holiday card they received last year was from the TRIO Upward Bound students and Vets 4 Vets members. “Please consider assisting us in this effort. We need to make about 900 cards in less than a month! We did it last year (barely, but we did it), and with your help we can do it again. And you don’t need to be the ‘crafty’ sort in order to help!” On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., there will be a card-making party in the Alumni Rooms in the University Union. All supplies will be provided, as well as examples from Pinterest and advice from ‘craftier’ participants if you need inspiration or a template… or you can help simply by writing notes inside the cards. A’viands will be providing cookies, punch and cappuccino. Members of the Vets 4 Vets Club will be there, as well as the Upward Bound students and members of SASU. Come join the fun, and help us let a veteran know how much his or her service to our country is appreciated. For more information, check out our slideshow outside our office in Student Services at SS-1721, just down the hall from the Dean of Students office. Better yet, stop on in and see us! Or email Jayne or call 465-2445. If your organization is interested, we would love to speak with you. Please help us make a difference!”

TRIO Program in full swing

Just as UW-Green Bay TRIO staffers said farewell to more than 80 middle and junior high school students, the main thrust of their summer began with the arrival of almost 100 high school students.   Funded by a federal grant aimed at encouraging low-income and first-generation high school students to attend college, these students live on campus for six weeks, taking classes taught by UW-Green Bay professors and other teachers from throughout the area. TRIO at UW-Green Bay hosts two programs: Upward Bound, which serves high school students from the Green Bay schools of East, West, and Preble; and the Regional Center for Math and Science, serving students from 20 high schools throughout Wisconsin and from Minneapolis and Detroit. For the students, the month-and-a-half summer program is part of a year-long process of tutoring, mentoring and advising. The goal is to assist these students to succeed academically in achieving a degree from a four-year university. Upward Bound encourages you to please welcome these students if you see them on campus… they may very well be a UWGB Phoenix in the near future!


More than 800 holiday cards sent to Wisconsin veterans

With help from many quarters, the TRiO Upward Bound high school students and the Vets 4 Vets Club here on campus exceeded the goal of making 800 hand-made holiday cards for veterans. Kudos to all who donated their time and creative talents to this very worthy cause. Write the organizers of the initiative:
“We are extremely grateful for your help and support. Some cards were mailed, but destined for the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King were hand-delivered by Elaina Kolz and Michael Casbourne. (They were amazed at the size and extent of the services offered at the facility. It is literally its own self-contained little city.) The residents were excited to see the volume and creativity of the cards, each with a hand-written note. A spokeswoman at the facility commented that this is the only card some vets will receive. We are very proud, and humbled, that we were able to bring smiles to so many veterans’ faces.”

In addition, blankets and media coverage
The drive to bring holiday cheer to military veterans (see previous item) was the Upward Bound program’s December community service project. They also did more. The pre-college program’s participating high school students also crafted more than 20 blankets for local shelters. They also made cards at the Green Bay Botanical gardens, and both these events were covered by WFRV-TV 5 news on Thursday, Dec. 17. “Again, thank you to all who helped. And Upward Bound, what a way to make a difference!”

TRiO teams up with campus vets for holiday card-a-thon to King residents

Green Bay area high school students in the Upward Bound program, hosted in the TRiO and Precollege office under the leadership of Michael Casbourne, are teaming up with veterans on campus to help bring holiday cheer to Wisconsin veterans. The little town of King (near Waupaca) is the site of a residential veteran’s facility with 720 residents. Upward Bound is looking to send a homemade holiday card to every resident. A tall order — but by partnering with the campus vets club, and devoting Upward Bound’s December community service hours to this project, TRiO will have a head start on this ambitious undertaking but will still need your help: “Please consider making a holiday card thanking a vet. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. We will personalize the card, and together with members of the Vets 4 Vets Club, deliver the cards on Dec. 14. We need all cards turned in to the TRiO office by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Wouldn’t it be great if we had enough cards to give each veteran two cards? Please help us spread the holiday cheer!”

Blankets, weeds and wolves: TRiO students give back to community

Teenagers enrolled in TRiO programs at UW-Green Bay begin and end their summers with community-service projects. On June 30, 41 Upward Bound students headed to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary for a day of removing invasive species, primarily garlic mustard, which chokes out native species. When they finished pulling and bagging the plants, they had pulled 2,200 pounds of the nasty weeds. Now that’s a whole lot of weeds! (They also cleaned out the wolf compound.) On July 31, 68 students — including 21 eighth-grade bridge students — will return for another morning of community service. Upward Bound has partnered with the sanctuary through the “Adopt a Park Program” for the last five years. Meanwhile, students in the Regional Camp for Math and Science recently finished making 12 blankets, which they plan to donate to area homeless and women’s shelters. The folks in TRiO are proud of these young people’s efforts; they hope you are, too. See more.

TRiO camps in full swing

Functioning under a TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education, UW-Green Bay has partnered for many years to host Upward Bound and the Regional Center for Math and Science. Over the summer, a staff of two dozen instructors, faculty members, counselors, residence hall assistants, graduate students and administrative staff work with select high school participants over a 6-week period from June 29 to Aug. 9. RCMS students are selected from 20 schools located in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, while UB students are chosen from East, West and Preble high schools in Green Bay. Both programs target low-income first generation potential college students.

The main goal is to recruit academically focused high school students from the target population, and then help to prepare them to successfully enter and complete college. An additional goal for RCMS is to increase the math and science skills of high school students in order to prepare them for a university program of study in the sciences, mathematics or engineering. There’s more to college life than classes and studying, of course, so the visiting high schoolers also go on field trips and attend local events.

You can see the academics and the fun events, along with the kids and the support staff, by checking out the images playing on the monitor in front of the TRiO and Precollege office (across and slightly down the hall from the Dean of Students office in the Student Services Building). “Come see what TRiO at UWGB is all about!”

Upward Bound plans cards for troops

This holiday season, the Upward Bound Office (which has been doing holiday service projects for several years now) will be doing something different: making holiday cards and decorations to send to our troops overseas. They will be collecting donated items, as well. If you’d like to join in this worthy cause, says Kristin Sanders of Upward Bound, donations (items or financial support) can be dropped off in SS1721. See for a complete listing of requested items.

Upward Bound is re-upped through 2017

This happened over the summer, but was heretofore un-noted in this space: UW-Green Bay has been notified by the U.S. Department of Education that funding for the Upward Bound program here was approved through 2017. The five-year grant award began earlier this month, on Sept. 1. Upward Bound will receive $321,054 for the 2012-2013 academic year and roughly $1.6 million for the five-year period. The renewed funding will allow the program to annually serve 77 first-generation, low-income disadvantaged students at Green Bay East, West and Preble high schools. It was especially good news that new grant provided an increase in funds to expand the program and serve an additional 12 students a year.

RCMS program, too

More recently, there was good news, too, with Department of Education notification that UW-Green Bay’s second Upward Bound program — the Regional Center for Math and Science — has also been re-funded. The funding for the math/science focused program is approved through 2018. The RCMS funding involves $308,858 for the 2012-2013 academic year and roughly $1.85 million for the six-year period through 2018. The renewal funding for this program was also increased to allow the program to annually serve 75 first-generation, low-income disadvantaged students from across the Upper Midwest, an increase of 10 students over last year’s participation.


UW-Green Bay has a long and proud history of helping underrepresented students from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for, gain admission to, and succeed in higher education. The Upward Bound program has been continuously funded for 22 years, and the Regional Center for Mathematics and Science has been funded for 20 years. (No small feat. Schools can and do lose their authorization following periodic reviews.) Over two decades, the federal TRIO programs in place at UW-Green Bay have helped hundreds of high school students realize their goals of successfully pursuing a postsecondary education. Tutoring, advising, college visits, cultural events and six-week summer residential experiences on campus are among the services provided.