What is Upward Bound?
Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to help high school students develop their academic skills, build their self-confidence, and plan for and pursue college educations. Over two-thirds of our students come from low-income homes where neither parent has earned a four-year college degree; the rest are either low-income, academically at risk, or potential first-generation college students.
What are the services?
Upward Bound provides academic year tutoring, college visits, career exploration, cultural and recreational activities, and an academic summer program. It offers help in preparing for standardized tests (ie, ACT, SAT), selecting colleges and guidance in completing applications to schools and for financial aid.
What is tutoring?
Tutoring is a regularly scheduled time each week when high school students and the UWL student tutors get together to work on academic topics. This academic year tutoring will be virtual due to COVID-19, you will be able to work from home or campus. We have three nights of tutoring this upcoming spring: Tuesdays 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Wednesdays 4:00-7:00 PM, and Thursdays 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. These structured sessions provide time for a weekly review of classwork and assignments and tutoring in high school level subjects. Tutors also teach depth-learning, help with test preparation, encourage goal-setting, and answer questions about college life.
What do tutors do?
Tutors are assigned a small group of students at the beginning of each semester. Each tutor will meet weekly with her/his students in a small group discussion session and individually with each student to set and work toward achieving semester goals. In addition, tutors will provide help with homework and direction in college preparation while acting as mentors and role models for Upward Bound high school students. While tutors are expected to listen for and to student's personal problems, they are not expected to provide counseling. Tutors are sometimes invited but not required to attend monthly Saturday activities where they can interact with UB students on a less formal basis
What commitments are expected of tutors?
Tutors should plan to attend all training and evaluation sessions and all assigned tutoring sessions. All required reports should be completed thoroughly and on schedule. Weekly time commitments range from about three to seven hours for tutoring (depending on which sessions are assigned.) Additional staff training may be scheduled. Some tutors will be asked to drive University vehicles to and from tutoring and/or Saturday events.
What can tutors expect from their Upward Bound experience?
UB starts pay at $7.25 starting for tutoring, training, and monthly meetings with supervisors; and for travel time (when applicable), driving, and Saturday events (when paid). When our budget permits, wages for training, tutoring and meeting may rise with experience. Many former tutors, especially those pursuing careers in education or social services, report that their Upward Bound experience, the chance to work in a multicultural setting as para-professionals with high school students, was one of the most important experiences they took part in while at UW-L.
Those who staff the six-week summer residential program gain invaluable experience working in a close-knit cooperative team of professionals; many friendships forged during this intense program last for a lifetime. Upward Bound experience enhances any resume and administrative staff is always eager to write outstanding recommendations for our hard-working tutors. Some UB tutors have returned to work for Upward Bound as professional teachers or counselors. We keep in touch with interested former tutors regarding employment opportunities with our program and other similar educational support programs around the country.
Who is eligible?
We hire UW-L students who can provide tutoring in one or more of the following high school subjects: algebra I, geometry, algebra II, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, earth science, physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, English, literature, writing, history, government, social studies, economics, sociology, psychology, Chinese, Spanish, German, French, ESOL, computers. Students with at least junior standing and at least a 3.00 overall grade point average are preferred. For more information please email our Assistant Director, Jazzma Holland: firstname.lastname@example.org