Upward Bound Volunteers

UPWARD BOUNDAROUND THE NEK - Upward Bound gives area seniors more opportunities associated with higher education at the low cost of volunteerism.


Abbie Russo is the Assistant Director of Upward Bound. She explained, it "is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education that is committed to providing modest-income first generation college bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school.” The students that they work with either need to be the first in their family to graduate from college, or come from a low to moderate income family. 
"We work with the students year round to provide academic support, career guidance and college preparatory skills including: SAT prep, financial aid workshops and scholarship searches,” Russo said. "In addition, each summer students spend 6 weeks living on the LSC campus where they have academic classes each morning, and then spend their afternoons at a volunteer site in the community.”
Russo said volunteering plays into their curriculum by offering things to put on a resume. "In addition to the daily service during the summer residential program, our students also participate in other events throughout the year.”
Recently 24 students volunteered their time with the Warm the Children program at the Pick & Shovel in Newport, VT. "At this event, our students acted as volunteer shoppers and assisted the areas neediest school children in finding $80 of new winter clothing,” Russo said. "Students also help with the Santa Fund, a program that raises money for Christmas presents for local children in need, the Summer Burklyn Arts Craft Fair and the winter Holiday Craft Fair and with the Hand to Hand project.”
On October 24, seven students were honored at the Vermont AmeriCorps National Service Launch and Governor’s Awards Ceremony at the Vermont State House in Montpelier. The Governor’s Outstanding Community Service Awards pay tribute to volunteers from across Vermont who impact their communities in a positive way, and who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and community service.
"We are very proud of the work our students do in our program and in our community,” Russo said. "Our students understand the value and importance of giving back, and they always make service a priority. It was wonderful to have 6 of our students recognized for the K-12 category of the 2016 Governor’s Service Award, and to be in the presence of Governor Shumlin and Executive Director of SerVermont, Phil Kolling. Our students work hard to improve their communities and with the time and dedication they have already invested, we know that service will be a part of their futures.”

The students awarded were Lauren Holt of Rivendell Academy, Nathan DeGray of Canaan Memorial High School, Sarah Levy of Craftsbury Academy, Nicholas Stowell of St. Johnsbury Academy, Logan DeShone of Danville High School, Isabel Wildflower of Lake Region Union High School and Brianna Gingue of Lyndon Institute.

Upward Bound is one of the federally funded TRIO Educational Opportunity programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Lyndon State College Upward Bound was founded in 1980. Each year the LSC UB program works with 75 high school students from 8 area high schools including: Lyndon Institute, St. Johnsbury Academy, Rivendell Academy, Woodsville High School, Danville High School, Lake Region Union High School, Canaan Memorial High School and Craftsbury Academy.