Dorsey – Upward Bound West Adams


“We Make Your College Dream A Reality”

Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and hosted by Volunteers of America Los Angeles. Read on to learn about the services provided. You must submit an application to be considered for the programs.  Space is limited and restrictions do apply.

If you are interested in meeting with the Upward Bound team to learn more about the program, please schedule an appointment



Upward Bound provides fundamental support and preparation for college. Each year, we serve just 65 high school students at Dorsey High School who are 1) from low-income families, 2) from families in which neither parent holds a college degree, and/or 3) those who are at academically at-risk. 9th, 10th, and 11th graders are eligible to apply. Participants are expected to remain in the program for all years they are in high school.

Students are required to attend meetings/services since the program is designed for full participation from all members.

Upward Bound aims to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from post-secondary education (College/University). The goal of Upward Bound is to create a close-knit community of young leaders who are all going to college. We provide 1-on-1 Academic Advising, tutoring in multiple subjects, field trips (virtual and in-person when able) college application/financial aid assistance, free college courses in the summer, additional academic instruction in core subjects and foreign languages, PSAT/SAT/ACT test preparation, career exploration opportunities, and mentoring to assist participants in deciding on potential college majors, ideal colleges, and career options.

The application process includes an essay, 2 teacher recommendations and an interview. Once admitted, you will find that you will get to know every single member of the program and get to spend much more time 1-on-1 with our caring staff. We look forward to welcoming you into the Upward Bound community!

 On average, every admitted student can expect to attend roughly 2 meetings/services each week, participate in our Saturday component (twice a month), and participate in our 6 week summer program.




UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM, 3761 Stocker St. Suite 104 Los Angeles, 90008• Contact: ubdorsey@gmail.com or 323-508-3599

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