JCYC Upward Bound Students are provided with college campus tours throughout California, where they are engaged in pre-college workshops and activities including student panels.
Every year, JCYC Upward Bound staff is made aware of local, regional and national youth and student conferences, which focus on leadership development and empowerment. These opportunities are made available to eligible JCYC Upward Bound students.

Students will engage in social and cultural activites that will raise their awareness, and broaden their level of self-consciousness at the post-secondary level. Cultural and social topics include diversity in education and the importance of understanding culture, race, ethnic pride, values and traditions. Activities include trips, guest speakers, and many more.
JCYC Upward Bound offers an annual six-week instructional and residential program at a local university. Students will have the opportunity to experience college life and take courses in the following areas:

Composition and Literature Mentoring
U.S. History Academic Support
Mathematics Time Managment
Lab Sciences Study Skills Development
Foreign Language Test Preparation

Upcoming events:


In 1995, the U.S. Department of Education awarded a TRIO Upward Bound grant to the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) to implement the JCYC Upward Bound program to serve students in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).

Traditionally, the majority of Upward Bound programs throughout the nation have been housed on university and college campuses. JCYC Upward Bound has the unique distinction of being one of the few Upward Bound programs in California (and the nation) to be located at a non-profit, community agency.

As a result of being located at a community agency, JCYC Upward Bound at JCYC has built a partnership with San Francisco State University for both its academic and summer components, as well as with other colleges and universities, and community-based organizations throughout the City and County of San Francisco.


Students who are interest in joining the JCYC Upward Bound program must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Must be in the 9th or 10th grade

  • Enrolled in one of the following high schools:
  • Balboa High School
  • Mission High School
  • John O'Connell High School
  • Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

  • Be a first genreation college bound student (a student whose parents did not complete a BA or BS in the U.S.) and/or the student's family income meets the low income requirement set by the US Department of Education.

  • Every year, prospective students are recruited from the five participating high schools. Interested students are given a Pre-Screeing Questionnaire (PSQ) to determine program elibigility. JCYC Upward Bound staff review PSQ's. Qualified students will then be given an application packet, and scheduled for an interview.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for Upward Bound?
Please refer to the eligibility section of this page.

How long will I be considered to be a Upward Bound student.
Our students receive services from point of entry into JCYC Upward Bound through the completion of high school.

Do I have to attend Saturday College Academy?
YES!! All students enrolled in JCYC Upward Bound must attend Saturday College Academy unless otherwise excused (on a case by case basis) by the Associate Director.

Where does Upward Bound meet?
Upward Bound students are required to meet with their educational advisor at least two times a month, however all Upward Bound students are required to attend Saturday College Academy, educational workshops, tutorial, the summer program, among other events that usually meet at the Upward Bound office in Japantown.

When can I join Upward Bound?
JCYC Upward Bound recruits freshmen and sophomores only during the fall and spring semesters.

Program Handbook 2016 - 2017

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