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One of ALL WAYS UP's core support programs is the UP Through Education Summit, a dynamic five-day, five-night retreat designed to assist 60 low-income, first-generation rising college freshmen make a successful transition into and through college.
Many underserved students are faced with educational gaps that can be a barrier to their collegiate success. Instead of focusing solely on academic achievement, the UP Through Education Summit empowers students to take control of their own success by instilling self-confidence through the retreat's theme, "My Life, My Choice, My Future."
The UP Through Education Summit opens at a Ropes and Challenge course, where students are encouraged to "challenge by choice." Each student must choose to work as a team and overcome complicated obstacle courses, such as scaling a 30-foot light pole and jumping to a trapeze bar while being fully secured in a harness. Through this exercise students learn that if they challenge themselves, all things are possible.
The activities then transition to focus on teaching the students, through fun and engaging workshops, the importance of their personal brand; successful time management and study habit techniques; and effective networking skills, as well as dispelling the stigma of asking for help and acquiring tools to overcome possible fears of self-doubt. One of the most important tools acquired at the Summit is a sense of self-assurance — that no matter what the students may encounter during the first year of college, they believe that they belong there and have all the necessary resources and knowledge to readjust, seek assistance and be successful.
All 60 students in attendance also receive a collegiate scholarship (an average award of $2,500 annually) and education support through the ALL WAYS UP Scholarship Program, which includes assistance with their classes, grades, major selections, financial aid and more. Each student is eligible for an annual scholarship for up to four years while they are enrolled in college.
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