Upward Bound Study Center (“UBSC”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to serve low-income immigrants in the San Gabriel Valley of the Greater Los Angeles area since 1990. With the support of local schools in the Alhambra and Garvey School Districts, UBSC has provided educational services to the community mainly through our after-school programs for students grade 3-12, and also through adult education in the evenings for working adults. With the growing population of Asian Americans in the San Gabriel Valley, UBSC will continue its commitment to empower underprivileged immigrants to build a harmonious and loving community whose members achieve their American dreams and contribute to society.
UBSC’s mission is to empower new immigrants to address their needs holistically, and to build a community of self-sufficient individuals and families who will contribute to society. We achieve our mission by first providing quality after-school tutoring programs to middle and high school students. Due to limited resources, we are only able to host a maximum of 40 students. We help students in their academic work, and prepare them for college. This year we extended the program to elementary students who needs homework help and improve their English skills.
In the summer, UBSC sets up summer program and weekend activities to help with cultural assimilation, such as college exploration tours and visitation to museums and landmarks. Many parents join these activities with their children, and we are able to develop trusting relationships among teachers, parents, and students. We also develop evening programs for working adults. We offer Computer, English, Accounting, and Citizenship classes. About 60 adults currently enroll in different classes from Monday to Saturday.
USBC also holds a number of workshops for the community. Our workshops covered topics like “The Affordable Healthcare Act and Enrollment through the Covered California Exchange,” “Preparing for Tax Filing,” “Meeting Local City Council Members,” and “Traffic Regulations in the US and Basic ‘Know-Hows’ for New Immigrants.” These topics provided crucial and valuable information to new immigrants. These events always attract a great number of community members.