Please vote for the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s Upward Bound Program to continue ground-breaking support of first-generation college-bound youth from at-risk communities, helping Upward Bounders to excel in their studies and along career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For more than 14 years, the Museum’s youth program has recognized the talent, resiliency and potential of these young people and designed programming to help them complete high school, enroll in college and succeed at every step along a STEM career path.
This was the first program in the country to be led by a science museum and from its beginning Upward Bound has used college graduation as its principal measure of success. Upward Bounders embark on a four-year journey with the Museum upon graduation from middle school. Throughout their high school years, Upward Bounders are mentored by university-level students and science educators at the Museum and develop lifelong learning skills. In the last six years, 98% of Upward Bounders graduated from high school, and 95% enrolled in college— 65% of those with university diplomas in a STEM subject area. This is a remarkable accomplishment and speaks to the exceptional potential of youth in at-risk communities when provided the opportunity to excel.
The Lincoln Legacy grant would provide Upward Bounders additional content and resource in computer science and digital media skills thus enhancing their range of career opportunities and your vote will contribute importantly to the continuing success of the program and these remarkable young students.