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Upward Bound Migrant

Upward Bound Migrant (UBM) assists ninth- through twelfth-grade students with migrant farmworker backgrounds gain academic skills and motivation in preparation for precollege and postsecondary success. Services include academic instruction in critical reading and writing, mathematics, and sciences as well as English language acquisition support, tutoring, mentoring, and counseling where appropriate. Penn State’s Upward Bound Migrant program serves students from the Hazleton and Reading School Districts in Luzerne and Berks counties.

Upward Bound Migrant Student

During the academic year, students participate in the Upward Bound Migrant program through individual and group meetings in their home schools and by attending programming at University Park. In both of these settings, students prepare for college by receiving academic guidance, career counseling, and tutoring. Trips to college campuses and other cultural activities are also included, as are workshops on various professional development topics.

Workshop topics include:

  • Study skills
  • Financial aid
  • Time management
  • Choosing a major
  • Leadership development
  • Teambuilding

Upward Bound Migrant seniors receive additional support throughout the college application process. Fee waivers for the SAT and college applications are also available.

Families of Upward Bound Migrant students are encouraged to actively participate in the program. Seminars for parents are scheduled throughout the year to keep families in the know about their child’s education. All families are invited to the last Saturday Program in the spring to celebrate the year’s successes.