Indie Soul Spotlight: Lemoyne College Upward Bound Program by Phinesse Demps

(Syracuse-NY) One of the many programs in the Central New York area is looking for young men/women between the ages of 13-19 yrs old (9th-12th grade).  Currently, services will be provided  to students who attend Nottingham, Corcoran, and Henniger High School’s. So what is Upward Bound?

Le Moyne College Upward Bound Program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance in the Syracuse,New York area.  The program is a 4  yr commitment with an academic and summer (residential) component.  Students in the program take advantage of college campus visits, internships,and programs on and off campus. The program believes in building the “whole” student. Students participate in cultural events, leadership conferences, and volunteering in and around the community.

The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Kenyon Black is  the Director of the program. “Upward Bound Program started at Le Moyne College in 1965 as one of the pilot programs (17 programs were pilot programs). This program made a difference from day one in this community and world wide. Students who are part of this program learn the skill and tools to be successful inside and outside of the classroom. Many (countless) individuals have come through Upward Bound Programs (celebrities, teachers, politicians, medical field, higher ed,etc) and have been fortunate to live lives beyond their dreams because of the opportunities and experiences they have experienced in this program.  Between academic support, counseling, tutoring, personal growth, cultural experiences, college campus visits, residential summer program (list goes on) these students are prepared for postsecondary and beyond.

Black adds, “In a nutshell this program is funded to make sure students graduate from high school (rigorous course: IB, AP,HONORS), enroll, and graduate from college!  For the love of my community and these students in it; I do all and any for to uplift!!”

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