HAMPTON, Va. (July 22, 2019) - Hampton University hosted the 2019 Upward Bound Day on July 9th in the Student Center ballroom. Upward Bound Day is a day during the summer session where local programs encourage students to interact and learn more about the host program.
Upward Bound (UB) is one of seven federal TRIO programs funded by the Department of Education to increase college access among low-income and potential first-generation college students. The purpose of the UB Program at four year institutions specifically, as stated by the U. S. Department of Education, is to generate in target area program participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to subsequently enter and earn a postsecondary degree.
During UB Day, students toured the Hampton University campus and had breakout sessions to learn specific qualities about teamwork.
“The 2019 Upward Bound Day was well received by students and accompanying program staff. I am excited and enthusiastic about the high bar that has been set for future events and pleased with the exposure that the Hampton University Upward Bound Program and the Hampton University campus has received as a result,” said Program Director, Dr. Candice Artis.
Ten other higher education institutions participated: Chowan University, Virginia State University, Portsmouth Public Schools, Norfolk State University, Virginia Union University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Elizabeth City State University and Paul D Camp Community College. Previously, the program would have three to four schools, but had a much better turn out which brought in more than 400 students.
"Upward Bound means opportunities. It means family. Everybody here, we're close and we're comfortable around each other. We know we have someone to talk to if we’re feeling down. We know we have good opportunities to get us through life and we have good teachers who can teach us what we need to know." - Ciara McCall, Newport News VA, 11th grade
"You get to meet new people and learn life lessons. They'll teach you a lot of things and help you throughout your future." - Donavian Gray, Newport News VA, 11th grade