Essay: Saving Upward Bound

Shaun Abreu, a participant in the inaugural Freedom and Citizenship program of 2009, wrote an op-ed for Inside Higher Ed with Upward Bound counselor Amber Moorer and Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY). Their essay defends the Upward Bound programs that President Trump's proposed budget would underfund through major cuts to TRIO spending. Freedom and Citizenship students benefit from the college counseling they receive through the Double Discovery Center's programming, including Talent Search and Upward Bound. 

May 30, 2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently promised to reconsider the dozens of Upward Bound grant applications that were rejected last month for failing to comply with exacting formatting requirements. Shaun Abreu, Amber Moorer, and Congressman Adriano Espaillat warn readers that the fight is not over. Cuts to TRIO funding will hurt students who need the most help applying to colleges and already have been underserved by their high schools that provide an average of 1 college counselor for every 400 students. 

Abreu, Moorer, and Espaillant write: "Programs like Upward Bound exist to counteract the countless barriers that keep poor, talented children out of college. Too many of these students find themselves just one missed deadline, financial aid application error or SAT question away from seeing their dream of a formal education slip farther out of their hands. Upward Bound programs offer crucial outreach and counseling services, including increasing academic and financial literacy for students aimed at assisting students during the college application process."

Read the full essay in Inside Higher Ed