If You Go
What: Upward Bound 50th Anniversary Celebration
When: 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Where: University Center’s Chattanooga Room
“Making dreams a reality” is still a part of the Upward Bound program, says Director Belinda Lee.
Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families or students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from college.
The program will be hosting a year-end celebration and 50 years of service on Saturday, May 11, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the University Center’s Chattanooga Room. The event includes a small awards ceremony and networking mixer. Refreshments will be provided.
The first Upward Bound program started in June 1968 and served 60 high school students. It now serves 74 with a 67 percent postsecondary enrollment and 35 percent postsecondary completion rate after five years.
Upward Bound participants include Le Andrea Ware, principal at Howard High School, LaFredrick Thirkill, principal at Orchard Knob Elementary School, and Magic Crutcher, program director at WMPZ-FM/WJTT-FM in Chattanooga.
Upward Bound has served Howard School of Academics and Technology (HSAT) since its inception and also has worked with Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, Kirkman Technical High School and Tyner High School. Presently, the program serves students who attend HSAT, Tyner, East Ridge High School and Red Bank High School or any public high school within Hamilton County.