The University of Notre Dame’s Upward Bound program has received a $10,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation for the implementation of a project-based learning tutoring component.
The grant is part of the foundationsOvercoming Barriers and Challenges to Education inIndianainitiative, which helps low-income and minority students.
Project-based learning is a hands-on, student-directed approach that helps overcome barriers to learning by encouraging collaboration and communication.The project, with the themeElevating the Mind, Raising the Standard,seeks to engage, challenge and enrich student learning and development and, ultimately, help students pass the math and English portions of the ISTEP test.
Established in 1966, Notre Dame’s Upward Bound program, one of the oldest in the country and the national prototype, is one of the Universitys federally funded TRIO programs.It has helped some 5,000 first-generation and economically disadvantaged students from the South Bend Community School Corporation prepare for college.
Most students enter Upward Bound during their freshman year of high school and are tutored by Notre Dame students in mathematics, reading, writing, foreign languages, science, history, and ISTEP and SAT preparation.They take field trips to colleges and universities, college fairs, student leadership conferences and cultural events, then give back by participating in community service activities.
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation supports grants for community economic development, faith-based projects, financial literacy and public education, and, last year, gave more than $100 million in grants and sponsorships to thousands of nonprofit organizations worldwide.