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Upward Bound education program for at-risk teens to remain at USF

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The Upward Bound program based at the University of San Francisco has been saved, according to university officials.

The program, which is federally funded to help low-income and at-risk teens prepare for college, was in danger of being evicted after 40 years at the private university because of a “space crunch.”

University officials announced Monday, though, that they had reached an agreement with program officials to allow Upward Bound to stay on campus.

“USF will provide classrooms as they are available, with the understanding that an administrative office and some classrooms will need to be located in the San Francisco community,” Associate Provost Mary Wardell said in a released statement. “Everyone benefits from this arrangement: the program, the community, and the university.”

Upward Bound and USF agreed to form an advisory board to provide a “new level of oversight and accountability,” according to the statement.

Faculty will also integrate Upward Bound into teaching, learning and research.

Upward Bound has been at USF since 1966. Nearly 200 high school students from low-income families are able to take advantage of the tutoring and residential summer programs beginning in the ninth grade.

Students participate in either a general education program or a math and science focused program at USF.

By their junior year, program director Janice Cook said, the program also helps students prepare for college by walking them through applications.

Upward Bound is paid for by nearly $900,000 in federal grant money and operates at no cost to the university.


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