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Story posted May 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin College Upward Bound program is one of 29 national projects highlighted in a follow-up publication to the celebrated 1994 "High Hopes, Long Odds" study: "Stacking the Odds: A National Directory of Exemplary Programs." Funded by the Lilly Endowment, the directory is being released by the Indiana Youth Institute.

The directory gives examples of organizations across the nation that address problems identified in "High Hopes, Long Odds," and provides information on how to contact them.

The directory is available to educators and youth workers. It is also available to the public by calling the Indiana Youth Institute at (800) 343-7060 or (317) 924- 3657. The cost is $30, plus $3 shipping and handling.

"High Hopes, Long Odds," commissioned by the Lilly Endowment, surveyed Indiana teens, their parents and guidance counselors about high school students' aspirations and how effectively they are being prepared to achieve those goals.

Now in its 31st year, the Bowdoin College Upward Bound program serves 100 low-income Maine high school students. In addition to an intensive, six-week academic summer program on the Bowdoin College campus, students participate in year-round programming aimed at providing them with the support and skills necessary for success in higher education. Approximately 85 percent of its graduates enroll each year in college.

"Local programs like the Bowdoin College Upward Bound program are making great strides toward helping to eliminate the barriers to a bright future for young people across our nation," said Peg Smith, executive director of the Indiana Youth Institute.

The first section of the directory describes 29 notable programs nationwide that are forging pathways for students in four different areas:

  • Pathways into schools -- programs that help students choose high school courses, develop a plan for selecting and taking courses, and set education and career goals

  • Pathways into Postsecondary Institutions -- programs that assist in identifying and applying to postsecondary institutions and finding and applying for financial aid
  • Pathways into Work -- programs that help in understanding the job market and the world of work.

  • Pathways to Families and Communities -- programs that focus on helping students work together with their families and communities to achieve goals.

    The second section of the directory contains summaries of 35 projects across Indiana awarded "Meeting the Challenge Mini-Grants." Funded by the Lilly Endowment, three Mini-Grants help develop programs that offer solutions to the obstacles described in "High Hopes, Long Odds."

    The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of youth by providing research, training and development, and advocacy services for adults who serve and influence the lives of youth.

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