As of fiscal year 2021, these are the programs currently being offered to students by Dime Child Foundation/We Are Embrace.


What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program, federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, designed to help low-income, first generation students enroll in and complete post-secondary education. 

The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their high education pursuits. Upward bound serves high school student from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. 

Types of Projects

Upward bound projects provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited in English proficiency, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented i postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system or disconnected students. 

Services Provided

Through Upward Bound students have access, but not limited, to: 

  • College Prep

  • Free Tutoring

  • ACT Preparation 

  • Academic Advising

  • College Tours 

  • Educational and Cultural Trips 

  • Financial Literacy

  • Stipends

Dime Child Upward Bound is for you if...

  • you plan on attending college after high school

  • you want to improve your grades

  • you need one-on-one tutoring

  • you meet the eligibility requirements

  • you can commit to our program for the next 10 years

  • you want to build communication, time management, and interpersonal skills

  • follow instructions in a structured classroom environment

  • can respect authority and comply with rules and regulations

Application Process

  • Submit completed application

    • Click here to download a copy of the application​

    • Click here to download a copy of the Upward Bound Brochure

  • Income verification: Parent(s)' or guardian(s)' 1040 forms, or public assistance statement, check stubs, W2, 1099, unemployment documents, or SSI, etc.

  • Counselor & Teacher recommendation forms

  • Copy of social security card

  • Official high school transcripts

  • Standardized test records

Is Upward Bound For You?

Our Partners


We have partnered with East West University, located in downtown Chicago, to host all of our in person sessions. This is where we hold our year round weekend and summer workshop sessions.

Currently, all of our in person sessions are suspended due to COVID-19.

East West University

816 S. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60615

9:00am - 1:00pm CST