As a student in the Upward Bound program, you will have access to the following no cost activities and services:

Enrichment Workshops /Saturday Academy

Our enrichment workshops assist you in acquiring valuable time management and study skills.  You will also have the opportunity for career exploration, major exploration and SAT/ACT preparation and to attend amazing educational conferences.


Upward Bound offers tutoring exclusively for it's participants, academic assistance is offered for a variety of subjects including math, science or english. Tutoring takes remotely via zoom.

Field Trips

You will benefit from cultural enrichment through our trips to exciting places such as the Museum of Tolerance, Pantages Theatre, Dodger Stadium, LA Zoo, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland and Six Flags Magic Mountain.

College Tours

Through Upward Bound, you will get the opportunity to visit a variety of private and public colleges and universities across California and even some out of state trips as well (such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and learn about their academic programs. College tours usually occur during Spring Break and during the Summer Program.

Summer Program

During our six-week summer program, you will take high school prep courses for which you can earn elective credits towards high school graduation. Your time at in the summer program will be split between PCC and a residential component at a local 4 year college which will offer you the opportunity to experience campus life first hand.  The final week is our college tour to either the San Diego area schools or Northern California area schools.

TRIO Summer Food Program

Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) are federally funded programs by the US. Department of Education under Title IV and are among the TRIO family of programs hosted at Pasadena City College (PCC). UB and UBMS serve high school students who are committed to earning a college degree and are among the first in their families to go to college. Our students and families live across the San Gabriel Valley region and attend one of nine partner high schools among the Pasadena Unified School District and El Monte Union High School District. 

In partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Pasadena City College sponsors the USDA Summer Food Program supporting UB and UBMS’ summer educational and enrichment programs at the college’s Colorado Campus. 

 During our enrichment summer programs, UB and UBMS scholars enjoy healthy breakfast and lunch meals in college setting and among their peers. With access to healthy meals, our youth build their toolkit equipped to make healthy decisions resulting in positive academic, social, emotional, and physical well-being. We foster a safe and college-going learning community for scholars to engage in college and career readiness. UB and UBMS TRIO Pre-College programs are trusted among the communities we serve and fulfill a critical need when youth are not in school during their summer breaks.

Currently one in seven children in California experience food insecurity1. Especially during summer, our site-based meal programs serve a critical need in our communities. In addition to providing healthy meals, we mitigate learning loss through student-centric educational programs, keep youth active and provide academic advisement during the summer.