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UW-Eau Claire Welcomes 50|
Upward Bound Students
MAILED: June 23, 1999|
More than 50 local high school students are on the road to success this summer thanks to the Upward Bound program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The program, in its ninth year at the university, is designed to offer guidance and support to high-potential students who come from low-income families and/or are the first generation in their families to go to college.
The summer session offers opportunities for gaining confidence and independence through hard work and academic achievement in a simulated college setting.
The students live in residence halls, take challenging academic courses and participate in a variety of field trips as well as cultural, social, athletic and career-related activities, said Kimamo Wahome, director of UW-Eau Claire's Upward Bound program.
In the morning during the week, the students take core academic courses in math, science, English and leadership. Later in the day, the students take elective courses including music, arts, drama, journalism and foreign languages.
Students also participate in various community service activities such as touching up a homeless shelter, working with Eau Claire Parks and Recreation playground programs, going to a nursing home and helping with graffiti removal, Wahome said.
"It's a full plate but they really enjoy themselves," he said of the high school students. "We have a wide range of both challenging and fun activities for them."
Upward Bound is a federally funded program created in 1964 to identify and assist promising high school students who face barriers to completing high school and enrolling in a post-secondary institution. UW-Eau Claire's program is one of 13 programs in Wisconsin providing support services to high potential students who would be unlikely to pursue higher education without extra support.
"A lot of the kids come from homes where there is little or no emphasis on higher education," Wahome said. "Others come from homes where it is difficult to succeed. This program helps the students prosper at the post-secondary level."
A key element to the program is that the students are in a group of their peers who are concerned with doing well in school.
"This is a positive peer pressure experience," he said. "The kids get a real chance in education. It's tremendous."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 23, 1999