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D'Youville Upward Bound is a year-round college preparation program for high school students.

Through tutoring, mentoring, and financial planning, Upward Bound prepares City of Buffalo students for post-secondary education. Upward Bound students are prepared for the opportunities and challenges of higher education by completing essential gateway courses and through assistance from parent, school, and community support systems.

Upward Bound is free to all accepted participants. Questions about the program? Contact us to learn more.

Our Services

Our Services

  • Academic Tutoring and Advisement
  • Academic and College Preparation Workshops
  • College Access Programming (college visits, ACT/SAT preparation workshops, College and financial aid application assistance, post-secondary advisement)
  • College Preparation Mentoring
  • Career Interest/Internship program
  • Teambuilding and Leadership Development
  • Exciting Six Week Summer Program

Student Eligibility

Student Eligibility

  • Only students who attend the International Preparatory School at Grover (# 198) or Leonardo da Vinci (#212) high schools are eligible.
  • Students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or can provide evidence of intent to become a permanent resident.
  • Students whose family meets the federal income guidelines.
  • Students who are potentially first generation aspiring student (parent do not have a bachelor’s degree).
  • Ninth or tenth graders preferred.

Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives

  • To provide support services to participants in the pursuit of academic excellence.
  • To provide support services that will assist our participants in achieving proficiency on all state assessments.
  • To promote the attendance and participation of program participants in school/program services and events.
  • To provide team building and leadership enrichment services that will prepare our participants for post-secondary education.
  • To provide college preparation support services that will assist our participants in securing college admission and enrollment immediately following their senior year of high school.

Mission & History

Our History

Upward Bound (UB) was the first of the federal TRIO programs to be funded through the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound and programs similar to it are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs.

There are currently over 1,100 Upward Bound programs spread out across the United States. Upward Bound serves 83,000 high school students annually.

The D’Youville Upward Bound program began in 2007 with the goal of providing the best possible services and educational opportunities through its integrative and diverse programming. Participants that have successfully completed the Upward Bound program have gone on to obtain post-secondary degrees and pursue awe-inspiring careers.

Our Mission

The mission of the D’Youville Upward Bound program is to increase the number of students in the city of Buffalo who enroll and succeed in post- secondary education.




Complete the application in its entirety and return it to your student’s guidance counselor or to the Upward Bound Office directly. It can also be mailed to:

D’Youville Upward Bound
320 Porter Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14201

Download Application

Student and Parent/Guardian Checklists and Advice

Current and prospective students and their parents or guardians should use the following sections to ensure students gain the greatest benefit possible from the D'Youville Upward Bound program.

Prospective and Current Students

Student Expectations and Goals

D’Youville’ s Upward Bound program encourages participants to explore career options, take advantage of all the resources offered, and to take an active role in preparing for the transition from becoming a successful high school student to a college graduate. The UWB Experience is meant to assist you in understanding how learning beyond the classroom relates to your place in the world.

9th Grade Goals

Students discover their interests and begin the process of basic career exploration. Students are taught to plan short/long term goals and develop skills necessary to become successful high school students.

  • Develop & Implement Note-Taking and Study Skills
  • Work on Test-Taking and Time-Management Skills
  • Develop a Four-Year High School Plan towards college admission
  • Begin creating an Activities List/Resume
10th Grade Goals

Students begin to understand what to look for in a college or university and what admission counselors look for in an applicant.

  • Analysis of the college application
  • Understand how college admission officers evaluate applications
  • Learn the language of exploring college possibilities
  • Introduction of Financial Aid Process
11th Grade Goals

Students narrow down their college choices, and prepare supporting documents for the college application and scholarship search.

  • Must take SAT Preparation Course
  • Resume Development
  • Narrow down College Choices
  • Begin Financial Aid Planning
12th Grade Goals
  • Personal Statement/supplemental writing assignment
  • Top College Presentations
  • College admissions applications
  • Financial Aid appeal letter
  • Scholarship applications
  • Resume/Activity List
  • Recommendation Letters Request Forms

Parents and Guardians

Parents of Upward Bound students are strongly encouraged to become involved in all aspects of their child's participation and to attend meetings. Parent involvement is the best way to ensure student success and overall academic success in the program.

Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students' academic success as family socioeconomic status. Decades of research shows that when parents are actively involved students have:

  • Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
  • Better school attendance
  • Increased motivation and self-esteem
  • Lower rates of suspension
  • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Fewer instances of violent behavior

Please take the time to:

  • Ensure your child checks his/her email daily
  • Review Events Calendar regularly
  • Explore the resources provided in the Current Students section
  • Review the Parent Checklist and attend parent meetings


D’Youville Upward Bound Parent Checklist

9th Grade
  • Get to know your child's guidance counselor.
  • Become familiar with your child's academic courses.
  • Work with your child to establish a routine of study, work, and leisure.
  • Explore whether your child should take the PSAT.
  • Insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.
10th Grade
  • Discuss ways of paying for your child's college education with his or her guidance counselor.
  • Attend parent nights and college fairs.
  • Continue to insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.
11th Grade
  • Make sure your child has at least 12 academic courses by the end of this year.
  • Review and discuss academic courses, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores with your child and his or her guidance counselor.
  • Visit colleges with your child.
  • Attend financial aid workshops.
  • Help your child narrow down his or her college choices.
  • Continue to insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.
12th Grade
  • Make sure your child has completed all the academic courses necessary by graduation.
  • Discuss final college choices with your child.
  • Review all electronic and postal mail with your child to ensure that all applications and fees are submitted on time, and that your child replies to all requests for additional information and offers of admission before given deadlines.
  • Continue to insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.