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Upward Bound

Recruitment is OPEN, click here to apply!


About Us

Upward Bound is a free college preparatory program that generates the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to succeed in a program of post-secondary education. The program prepares high school students for college through tutoring and academic skill building, social and cultural activities, college and career awareness, and personal and academic counseling which are interspersed throughout the academic year and summer program.

Our service area is Washington Technology Magnet High School in St. Paul, MN. All participants are high school students who are first-generation and/or low income.

  • First-generation:  neither parent/step-parent/guardian, with whom the student lives with has completed a four-year college degree (bachelor's degree)
  • Low income:  the annual income for the family size does not exceed the federal guidelines

Potential Applicants: Recruitment is OPEN, click here to apply!  

  • Apply early as 9th grade student (fall)
  • Commit to attending all program meetings and events
  • Make college education a priority in their life and future goals
  • Participate in community services/internships
  • Help create a positive college-going atmosphere
  • Contribute to the development of their cohort


Academic Year (September-May)

  • Monthly Meetings/Workshops
  • Advising/Mentoring/Tutoring
  • Community Service Learning/Volunteerism
  • ACT Preparation
  • College Visits/Cultural and Academic Field Trips
  • Grade Level Service: Sophomore Expedition (Voyager Outward Bound), Junior Retreat, Senior Series

Summer Program (June-July for six weeks)

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Agriculture Camp
  • Horse Camp
  • Career Exploration/Commuter Experience
  • STEM (IceCube)
  • Summer Trip

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Bee Vang
Project Director
108 Regional Development Institute
715-821- 9430

Mai Tao Yang
Project Coordinator/Adviser
108 Regional Development Institute


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