What is Upward Bound Math/Science?
Upward Bound Math/Science is a federally-funded program that helps participants develop the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in college. Through Upward Bound Math/Science, participants receive additional classroom instruction, tutoring, counseling, extensive preparation for college, and cultural enrichment. The program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating participants. The goal of the program is to help participants recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science. With Upward Bound Math/Science, a college education can become a reality.
Upward Bound Math/Science provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound Math/Science serves high school participants whose families meet the Department of Education’s income guidelines and/or high school participants from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Upward Bound Math/Science seeks to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Beginning in the Fall of 2009, UBMS students were asked to create "I Believe" statements to reflect their personal belief regarding their education. In order to give our students examples of "I Believe" statements, the UBMS staff created their own statements listed below:
"I believe that education is freedom. I will educate myself so that I am free to set my own goals and make my own decisions about my life."
"I believe determination and perseverance are necessary to be successful in my goals and dreams AND I believe every individual has the right to an education and the inherent responsibility to impact others that accompanies that education."
The students quickly took ownership in their own education. Below are a few of the "I Believe" statements our students created:
"I believe that if I try my best I will achieve all of my goals. Education is the only thing that can take me to the highest level and would be with me all of my life."
"I believe education is the foundation to success."
"I believe that only through self-motivation and determination will I ever become something in life. I believe that I can do better than what my family and peers expect from me. I believe in myself and a positive future."
"I believe that I can do anything I set my mind to. Education is not a right, its a freedom. With determination, I can be anything I want to be."