During late March, Upward Bound students from Mount Shasta High School and Dunsmuir High School took on LA. The trip was entirely grant funded. The Upward Bound crew took a charter bus to Sacramento and caught a flight to Long Beach where they stayed in a four-star hotel. For many of the students, this was their first time flying, their first time to a big city. Without spending a dime, they got to experience incredible opportunities offering outlook into their futures.
The trip spanned four days. Each day was packed full, combining education with fun activities. On the first-day students toured UCLA and USC. Although the two colleges were very close in distance, they were very different. UCLA has a modern campus and city vibe. USC is a private school yet offers a great sense of community. Students then visited the California science center and watched an IMAX movie on volcanoes. After a long day, students watched the sunset at the Griffith Observatory and attended a planetarium movie. The film put into perspective just how insignificant the earth and the human race are in the entire universe.
On the second day, students watched a presentation at the Long Beach Police Academy. The presentation described what it takes to be a police officer, the pros and cons, and the lengths it takes to get there. The head of forensic science also explained her role in crime work. She stressed the critical role a forensic scientist plays in solving crimes; without forensic scientists, many crimes would go unsolved. Students also had the pleasure of meeting a K-9. Next, students visited the Long Beach dispatch center where they learned about the vital role of a dispatcher. Students then explored Huntington Beach, shopping, soaking up the sun, and playing in the ocean. The day was wrapped up with a volleyball game at the Walter Pyramid.
The third day was the most anticipated and exciting. Students woke up at dawn and arrived at Disneyland right as it opened. Students broke off with their friends and went on rides, ate festival food, and explored the happiest place on earth. Students were guided on a tour around Disneyland by the Disney Youth Education Series. During the interactive class, students were taught how to understand their personal leadership skills and how to apply them to a team setting. They discussed the importance of diversity, brainstormed for creative ideas and solutions and learned the importance of communication, trust, and problem-solving. After the class ended, students were set free in the park. Students went on exhilarating rides, roamed the park, and watched fireworks over the castle.
The next day the Upward Bound crew traveled home. Over four days students formed unbreakable bonds, made unforgettable memories, built life skills, and possibly discovered their future colleges and careers. The LA trip is only one example of Upward Bounds ability to provide opportunities for students from low-income families. Upward Bound is consistently providing entirely grant-funded field trips for students in the program as well as guiding them to a bright future and helping them reach their full potential.
As a student from a low-income family with big dreams for college, Upward Bound is constantly providing me with hope for my future. Upward Bound has given me resources, such as grammarly and net-tutor that have helped me improve my grades and overall participation as a high school student. I have always known that I want to go to college in a big city, where the streets are bustling and excitement is everywhere. Touring UCLA and USC on the LA trip made me realize that I would love to go to school in SoCal and live out my dreams of becoming a writer.
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