The Upward Bound Program at NMH is a federally funded (Department of Education) initiative designed to provide low-income students with the skills and motivation they need to succeed in high school and college.
Summer Academy (mid-June to early August)
- Sixty-six students from Holyoke, Springfield, and Franklin County attend the six-week Summer Academy on the NMH campus.
- All students take a challenging course of study (30 hours of classes per week) designed to develop and strengthen English, math, science, and world language skills.
- Seminars cover such topics as learning study skills, preparing for a career, and applying to college.
- Students participate in athletic and cultural activities, including trips.
- College-age UB alumni mentor and tutor students in the program.
- The UB annual Diversity Conference provides students the opportunity to explore a wide range of diversity issues facing students now and in college. NMH Upward Bound Program has received national recognition for its work on diversity issues.
- Students live in dorms, which prepares them for the experience of moving away from family, living with roommates, managing their time, and independence.
- All services are free and most transportation is provided.
- Fee waivers are provided for college applications, financial aid applications, and required testing fees.
- Students earn small stipends for meeting program expectations.
- Parents support the program through their participation in the Parent Advisory Council, Parent Days, and fundraising activities.
Academic-Year Program (September – May)
- Weekly academic advising is provided to each student at his or her school.
- Tutoring is provided twice a week in each school.
- Classes on SAT prep, the college search, college visits, interviewing skills, financial aid applications, MCAS preparation, decision-making skills, and study skills are offered throughout the year.
- Intensive assistance is provided to students and parents throughout the college and financial aid application process.
- Students participate in 52 hours of community service each year.