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Lives of young changed by UB

LIVINGSTON-Stephanie Hyche, consular of the Upward Bound program on the University of West Alabama’s campus is changing the lives of children from low-income families within a three county area with this federally funded program.

This program was first started in 1965 as part of the Higher Education Act, but it started on our campus in 1992, she said. The academic enrichment program is for high school age children in grades 10-12, who are first generation college students from low-income families.

“We have 78 students currently on campus participating in the program and they represent eight different high schools within three counties Marengo, Sumter, and Greene,” Hyche said.

The program requires them, during the regular school year to come to UWA at least once a month and then the summer program runs from May 31-July 16, she said. The students end their summer by going on a trip to Washington D.C. and taking in all that it has to offer.

“The program has enrichment classes for the students, as well as prep courses for the ACT and the Alabama High School Exit Exam,” Hyche said.

During the summer program, enrichment classes run from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., then the recreational classes are offered such as Yoga, Karate, Bowling, and many other sports and crafts, she said. They also get to go on field trips to museums, and visits to college campuses and many other things that will prepare them for their college life and experience.

“This program has helped so many children over the years experience things that they would normally never be able to do,” Hyche said.