Upward Bound Pre-College Program

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My name is Jamaal Sanders and I have the privilege of serving as the Senior Director of the Upward Bound Program for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County. It is my honor to welcome you to the Upward Bound website. I look forward to you reviewing the website as you look to either learn more about our program and what we have to offer, or you are already apart of our UB family and are simply looking to stay up to date with all that we have going on. To our partners and vendors, we hope that our website serves a resource for you to learn more about what we do and how we can work together to effectively serve students in the Tarrant county area. As always, I wish the absolute best to each and every one of you. Feel to reach out to me with any questions you may have. Enjoy our web page!


About Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound is a TRiO program that helps first-generation and/or low-income students with their journey through high school and to prepare them for successful college enrollment. We are a federally funded program, so our students have to meet certain requirements in order to join.

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What We Offer

  • All of our services are FREE to you as a student!
  • Academic support
  • Tool-kit Saturdays
  • Cultural and educational field trips
  • ACT/SAT waivers and prep
  • 6 week academic enrichment summer program
  • Out-of-state trip (in-person events are limited right now due to COVID-19).
  • Financial awareness
  • TSI test prep
  • Internship opportunities
  • Summer Bridge Program for graduating Seniors
  • Community service opportunities
  • Students can earn a stipend (in the form of a check) that is based on attendance and participation.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 
  • Must be either first-generation (neither of your parents received a bachelor’s degree) and/or low income (income depends on household size). 

Interest Application

  • If you are interested in becoming a part of Upward Bound, please fill out this interest form and an advisor will reach out to you. 

Current Students

Please check back for updates.


  • Study Hall Links
    • Study Hall website (Google Meets)
    • Khan Academy (Registration/class codes)

We have a general Upward Bound Remind! To join please contact your assigned advisor.

Meet Our Staff

Jamaal Sanders

Abel Cerros

Project Advisor

Schools served: Eastern Hills, O.D. Wyatt, Polytechnic, North Crowley, Uplift

(817) 720-9318

Abel Cerros was born and raised in the East Side of Fort Worth and attended North Side High School. He graduated from the University of Oregon in the spring of 2017 with his Bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies. His high school Upward Bound advisor played a huge role in helping him achieve his goals and dreams, so he moved back to Fort Worth to pay it forward. He hopes to help a new generation of students reach their college and career goals. ¡También hablo español!

Corrina Qualls

Academic Coordinator

Schools served: Dunbar High School, Crowley 9th High School, Crowley High School, North Crowley 9th High School and North Crowley High School

(817) 720-9314

Ms.Corrina was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She moved to Fort Worth after graduating from Valparaiso University in 2016 with a dual degree in Sociology and Communications. Currently Ms. Corrina is getting her M.Ed from Tarleton State University in Educational Leadership: Higher Education. Being a first generation college student she knows the hardships that come along with that and chose to work with Upward Bound to pour her knowledge and resources into students that may be like herself. She loves to connect with people and learn and grow, she hopes to continue to provide a sense of community for our students and help them become their best selves.

Melissa Baltazar

Project Advisor

Schools served: Trimble Tech, Carter Riverside, Arlington Heights, Texas Academy of Biomedical Science

(817) 720- 9316

Melissa Baltazar is an Upward Bound Alumni and Fort Worth Native. She was raised in the Northside of Fort Worth and attended Eastern Hills High School. She graduated from Texas A&M University in the Fall of 2016 with her Bachelor’s in Community Health and minor in Sociology. She completed her Master’s in social work at the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2020. She was the first person in her family to attend and graduate college with little to no debt and wished to help future generations achieve the same.



Maria Lara

Project Advisor

Schools served: North Side High School, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School

(817) 720-9317

Ms. Maria was raised in East Fort Worth, she attended Green B. Trimble Tech High School. In 2016, Ms. Maria fulfilled her lifelong dream of graduating from Texas Wesleyan University, where she received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and majored in Elementary Bilingual Education. She immigrated to Texas with her parents, became a US citizen and is the first person in her family to receive a college degree. Ms. Maria loves learning, she is currently pursuing a certification in ASL, her passion is to inspire youth to never stop learning and motivate students to dream BIG and persuade a higher education. ¡ Soy bilingüe!

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