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Please contact the

ACHIEVE Upward Bound Program Office at (713) 482-1840.

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for students in grades 9-12. The program consists of a school year college preparatory and a summer academic enrichment component. Students must meet federal income guidelines for low-income families or be first-generation college-bound students. 

TRIO Upward Bound Program Staff

Dr. Lawrence Williams, Ed.D.

Executive Director, TRIO Upward Bound



Program Advisor, TRIO Upward Bound


Karina Romero Leon

Program Assistant (PT), TRIO Upward Bound



  • Academic, college, and career advising

  • Academic tutoring/interventions

  • College campus tours

  • Assistance with the college admission process

  • TSI, PSAT, and SAT test preparation and assistance

  • Academic support resources

  • Educational and cultural enrichment activities

  • FAFSA and scholarships application assistance

  • Financial literacy

  • Community Service Learning Projects

  • Career exploration

  • Mentorship

How to apply?

Students receive tutoring or homework help. The core curriculum subject areas for tutorial sessions are: English/literature, mathematics, science, foreign language, and college preparatory courses. Personal, career and academic advising is also provided. Additional academic instruction and workshops are held on Saturdays. Participating in Saturday sessions builds scholastic confidence and provides students with a holistic perspective of life.


Each summer, students who have good standing with program expectations will attend a five-week commuter phase at a participating college/university. While attending, participants will gain a head start on the core curriculum areas for the coming academic school year. The second phase is a week-long college experience at participating colleges/universities in/throughout the region. Participants will attend workshops on campus and have access to all educational and recreational facilities along with cultural experiences. Daily workshops and seminars are conducted by certified instructors.


After students graduate from high school and enter college, the Upward Bound Program will continue to make contact with students for five (5) years. If the student has dropped out and desires to go back, Upward Bound will assist them through community resources for college reentry. All Upward Bound students will be recommended to the federal program, (SSS) Student Support Services to assist in navigating college life, course advising, career internships, and options after graduation.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in Upward Boun Programs?

The Upward Bound Programs serve students at our target high schools who come from low-income families AND/OR from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree (first generation). The goal of the Upward Bound Programs is to increase the rate at which these students complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.

What does it cost to participate in Upward Bound Programs?

Upward Bound is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education for a period of five years. There is no cost to students or their families to participate. In fact, students who actively participate are eligible for a stipend during both the academic and summer components. Also, there is NO financial cost to the target schools that partners with an Upward Bound Program.

What services do Upward Bound Programs provide?

  • Personal academic counseling

  • Tutorial services for STAAR exams & secondary education courses

  • Information on postsecondary education

  • Exposure to college campuses

  • Information on student financial assistance for postsecondary education

  • Financial literacy training

  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications

  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams

  • Workshops for the families of participants

  • Summer enrichment programming, focusing on math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language.

  • Field experiences/cultural trips

How are Upward Bound Programs structured?

During the academic year, the Upward Bound Program provides access to tutors and a program advisor at each participating target high school. Periodically throughout the academic year, the programs will host workshops for students and their families, and field trips to colleges, universities, and cultural events.
The Upward Bound Program hosts a 6-week summer program designed to simulate a college-going experience, focusing on math, laboratory science, composition & literature, and foreign language; as well as leadership development, community and social services and internships.
The Upward Bound Program from Greater Houston Community Partners of Innovative Schools is committed to serving students and their families by providing flexible, customized programming to meet each student’s needs. The goal of the programs is to supplement the activities and programs in which students are already involved. Therefore, the ACHIEVE Upward Bound program staff will make every effort to accommodate each student’s schedule.

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