Upward Bound Student Receives City Student Engagement Award
On February 12, Boston University Upward Bound participant Brankely Garcia was awarded the 2013 Latino/a Student Cultural Center Civic Engagement Award at a ceremony at Northeastern University. Brankely is a senior at English High School. Her academic achievements and community service at English High School and Upward Bound highlighted her nomination. Brankely was chosen from 11 other finalists. Each year, Upward Bound students perform several hours of community service as a part of their participation in the program. Brankely is the second student to be nominated by Upward Bound and the second to receive the award (Julio MaShum, currently a senior at Brown University, received the award in 2009). In addition to doing community service throughout Boston, she volunteers at English High School each week, and has travelled to Montana to work on a Native American Reservation.
The Latino/a Student Cultural Center Civic Engagement Award, created in 2009, celebrates the many outstanding local high school students at the junior and senior level who have devoted their time to community service, extracurricular activities, & dedication to others. The primary selection criterion for this award is volunteer work/community service.
Boston University Upward Bound is a federally-funded college preparatory program for potential first-generation college and low-income Boston Public High School students. The program, which is a part of Boston University’s Boston Public Schools Collaborative Office within the School of Education, serves 86 students who are recruited from one of four target high schools (Brighton High School, The English High School, Community Academy of Science and Health, and Snowden International High School at Copley), or one of five target neighborhoods (Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Roxbury).