Serving Humboldt and Trinity county high school students and preparing them for college success since 1966! TRiO WORKS!!!

Trio students on field trip

About the Program

TRiO Upward Bound is a federally funded college preparatory program, designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for postsecondary educational success among limited income high school students whose parents do not hold a four year college degree.

Upward Bound serves eligible high school students to prepare for postsecondary education through a program of academic, recreational, cultural, and interpersonal activities provided at no cost to participants.

Qualify and Apply

Students who are enrolled in one of our six target area high schools, are in 9, 10, and 11th grades and have a

  • Desire to go to college AND are
  • Income Eligible OR
  • First in their family to go to college OR
  • Demonstrate high academic need

All services are free to participants. Students and parents/guardians must complete an application for consideration and will be interviewed by project staff in person, by telephone, or through a suitable online conferencing platform

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Program Details

Designed to enrich students’ secondary education and motivate and guide them to pursue and persist in a postsecondary education environment.

Academic Year Component

During the academic year, participants receive tutoring, academic advising and monitoring, college and career exploration, and financial aid awareness provided by project staff during school visits. Other activities include Winter Academy, National TRiO Day, Student Leadership conferences, and National First Generation Celebration events.

During the COVID 19 pandemic we’ve transitioned most of our events to a virtual platform, and have been able to add more to the academic year component.

Our Book Club Coordinator holds bi-monthly meetings with students where discussions are held surrounding book content in relation to student life and current events. 

Our Academic Year Mentor coordinates various extracurricular activities focusing on social and emotional learning with topics ranging from:

  • Art activities
  • Journaling
  • Hands-on cooking activities
  • Special topics to assist students with
    • Academic coursework
    • Study Skills enhancement
    • Scholarship Central

Summer Residential Session

During the six -week summer session, students reside on campus in residence halls at Cal Poly Humboldt and are involved in a rigorous schedule of academic, social, recreational, and cultural activities.

It is our hope to return to an on-campus environment in future summer academies. However, the past two summer sessions were successfully delivered in a virtual platform where students participated in courses, core group activities, program events, UB internships, UB Arts Alive and our UB awards ceremony.