Victory Over Violence: Upward Bound at Le Moyne College

Victory Over Violence

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR) — The Upward Bound Program at Le Moyne College is designed to provide high school students with an intensive and challenging academic experience. Through rigorous coursework, tutoring and leadership development, it helps with the transition from high school graduation to college enrollment.

Students in 8th through 10th grade can apply to Upward Bound and if they are accepted, they continue the program throughout their high school career.

The program provides:

  • Residential summer program: Students live on campus for five weeks each summer. They take classes, experience campus life and attain internships.
  • Weekly Saturday program: Students attend cultural events, leadership conferences, and community service projects.

Bhadra Mishra is finishing the final steps of her Upward Bound journey.

“My family is from Bhutan. They resettled in Nepal for 18 years. I was born in Nepal and we came to Seattle, Washington and then we moved here in 2013,” Mishra said.

In the beginning, it was a rough transition for her and her family. But things started to change after she came to Upward Bound.

“They give you help in every way you imagine. Socially, they help you. I wouldn’t be able to speak with you if it wasn’t from a lot of practice from Upward Bound,” Mishra said.

Dreams that once seemed unattainable are now within reach.

“I have so many goals in my life because of Upward Bound because I didn’t know what I wanted to do until I came here, so now I’m thinking of aerospace engineering and social work,” Mishra explained.

Kenyon Black is the Director of Upward Bound, dedicated to the success of every student. About 20 to 25 students are recruited in the 8th grade and continue the program until graduation. He says the program has a 100% graduation rate and 100% college enrollment rate.

“We can’t put the pen in their hand, but we can give them the tools to be successful once they have the pen in their hands,” Black said.

To learn more about Upward Bound, or how to apply, click here.

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