Upward Bound Program receives $10,000 grant  

Upward Bound_Parent Academy ParticipantsCongratulations to the ASU Upward Bound Program for being selected to receive a $10,000 grant for participation in the Identifying Best TRIO Practices for College Access and Success program!
The Identifying Best TRIO Practices for College Access and Success program is administered by the Council for Opportunity in Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities throughout the United States (retrieved from http://www.coenet.us on 08/24/2011).

“The ASU Upward Bound Program staff and participants are excited to receive this grant,” said Lucille Donaldson, program director. “It is given to the best TRIO projects in the states of Mississippi and Massachusetts to perform work in 2011-2012 project year, to replicate their best practices and expand the programs in the 2011-2012 project year.”

Parent Academy, a component of the Upward Bound Program that was awarded, is a structured program for parents to be actively involved in their children’s education. “We created our Parent Academy in the fall 2010 and it was a big success,” explained Donaldson. “ASU faculty members are a part of the Parent Academy Committee: Dr. Steve Adzanu of the Advanced Technologies Department and Dr. Judy Smith of English and Foreign Languages Department serve as committee co-chairs.”

The Upward Bound Program runs under the umbrella of the Federal TRIO Programs that also include Talent Search, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans' Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program that help students to overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education.

At ASU, the Upward Bound Program began operating in 1968. Its primary purpose is to instill in students the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education.

Parent Academy:  

Motto: Empowering Parents to Motivate and Cultivate Our Future Leaders.

Mission Statement: The ASU Upward Bound Parent Academy is committed to providing parents with the information they need to raise their children in a safe, proactive, and nurturing environment. Through a series of educational lectures on compelling issues impacting children, parents will be empowered to build their child’s self esteem, reduce their child’s incidence of risk-taking behavior, and encourage the development of child with a strong character and sound decision making skills. Parents will also be introduced to resources that will to assist them in helping to ensure that their child graduate successfully from high school, achieve high ACT scores, and continue their education in an institution of high learning.

Goal: The Parent Academy will focus on how families of ASU Upward Bound Program can support their child in school and in preparing them for postsecondary education.
The Parent Academy will also assist families in bridging the game between their hopes for their children and the resources and information required to help them succeed.

Pictured: Upward Bound Program Parent Academy participants.