Our Mission

The mission of the Upward Bound Program at the University of New Mexico is to offer rigorous academic support to college bound high school students. The UNM Upward Bound Program is 100% funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Higher Education Act of 1965.

What We Do

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. All Upward Bound services are to assist participants in preparation for success in higher education. Upward.

Who We Serve

Upward Bound serves high school students from traditionally underrepresented families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Upward Bound projects are designed to improve the financial/economic literacy of students, who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education. Also, Upward Bound serves students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.

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Services

Summer School

Upward Bound is a certified APS summer school site to its select student group. Students earn APS credit in a variety of subjects such as: Pre-Calculus, Spanish, English, and Chemistry.

Dual Credit

Upward Bound offers Dual Credit to its High School Juniors each summer as part of its Summer School Curriculum

Tutoring

Upward Bound hosts tutoring sessions every Saturday at UNM main campus. Upward Bound makes weekly visits to our APS partner schools where we provide tutoring and college prep workshops. We have plenty of tutors, supplies, and technological resources to complete academic assignments.

Cultural Events

Cultural events encompass diverse curriculum of rich learning experiences such as, theatre, arts, sciences, music, and lifetime fitness. Some examples of recent events include: Tent Rocks Hike, Washington D.C., Six Flags, Rock Climbing, Festival of the Cranes, and the Marigold Parade

Mentoring

Mentoring sessions occur on select Sunday’s and Friday evenings during the Academic Calendar Year. In addition, students engage with mentors during our weekly program events.

College Visits

Upward Bound visits various New Mexico and national college campuses year. Students have the opportunity to visit a new campus each semester. Some of the schools include: NM Highlands, Eastern, NMSU, UNM, and Georgetown University.

Saturday Academy

Saturday Academies occur bi-weekly over the academic year. In Saturday Academies students receive academic workshops led by licensed educators in a variety of academic topics and subjects. Workshops are developmentally appropriate for each grade level. All workshops are aligned to New Mexico State Standards for each content area.

Youth Leadership

Upward Bound prepares students for public speaking, presentation skill, and leading discussions. This program is designed to prepare students to be active learners and leaders in a school setting.

Test Prep

Students receive test prep for college entrance exams such as the ACT. In addition, Upward Bound offers test prep for the high school graduation test the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment. Both of these services are led by licensed educators.

Parent Workshops

Parent workshops are once per month as part of a Saturday Academy session. During Parent Workshops a wide variety of topics are discussed, from College registration to financial aid. These are informal sessions!

Stipends

Students also have the opportunity to receive a stipend to support them in their commitment to succeed. Stipends amounts are derived from student participation in program functions, the more students come…the more they can earn!

Eligibility - students must be either:

  1. Low-Income - the term "low-income" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount. See table in application.
  2. First Generation – neither parent nor legal guardian of applying student has completed a four year bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution.
  3. High Academic Need – students with a high academic need may be admitted on a limited basis. This is due to the federal mandate for all Upward Bound programs to have a 2/3 population of program students being BOTH low-income and first generation.

UB Application Form (pdf)
UB Application in spanish (pdf)

Contact Information

We are located on the second floor of the University and Advisement Enrichment Center, room 250.

Upward Bound
University of New Mexico
1 University of New Mexico MSC06 3715
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Phone: 505-277-3503
Fax: 505-277-3165
Email: ub@unm.edu

Staff

  • Christopher Luna, Program Specialist
  • Phone: 505-277-0096
  • Email: cluna@unm.edu
  • Erin Weddington Instructor
  • Phone: 505-277-3516
  • Email: emwedd@unm.edu
  • Gloria Valderrama Instructor
  • Phone: 505-277-3100
  • Email: gloavp@unm.edu
  • Justin Lopez, Administrative Assistant
  • Phone: 505-277-3503
  • Email: jdlopez@unm.edu
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Schedule for 2016

Fall Upward Bound Calendar

The mission of the Upward Bound Program at the University of New Mexico is to offer rigorous academic support to college bound high school students.The UNM Upward Bound Program is 100% funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Higher Education Act of 1965. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. All Upward Bound services are to assist participants in preparation for success in higher education. Upward Bound supports students socially, culturally, emotionally, and in college readiness.

Graduation

Upward Bound tracks participant achievements in high school and through six years after high school graduation. For the past five years, Upward Bound has annually met or exceeded the goal that 60% of program participants will graduate to the next grade level or graduate from secondary education. In this new grant cycle Upward Bound will track student achievements to meet or exceed the goal that 50% of participants will attain either an associates or bachelor’s degree.

Course Completion

Upward Bound has its participants enroll in credit recovery or credit advancement course that help facilitate high school graduation. For the past five years 99% of students have completed credit recovery or credit advancement courses.

Low-Income Graduation

Through recruitment and cohort building, two-thirds of Upward Bound participants must be from low income and first generation backgrounds. Thus, secondary and post-secondary graduation rates include low-income students.

Higher-Ed Enrollment

50% of all current and prior Upward Bound participants will enroll in post-secondary education immediately after high school graduation or have deferred enrollment.

NM Achievement Gaps

Historically, participants of similar demographic and socio-economic backgrounds to Upward Bound program participants do not meet state standards. Upward Bound addresses New Mexico achievement gaps via 108 hours of SBA prep classes, 84 hours of ACT prep classes, summer credit recovery and credit advancement classes, and dual credit classes.

Student Leadership Dev. & Career Readiness

Upward Bound provides opportunities for participants to attend bi-weekly workshops (18). Through collaboration, UNM Upward Bound has a Toastmaster’s chapter with weekly meetings (42). Upward Bound students have also had opportunities to visit Washington D.C. for a leadership trip where they were able to meet New Mexico Senators and Congresspersons.

P-20 Pipeline

Due to the critical nature of parental and family involvement, Upward Bound focuses parent engagement, hosting 12 parent workshops annually. Upward Bound leverages and makes referrals to community and educational resources, programs, and tools for the further advancement of participants’ education and to increase community impact.