Upward Bound

Work for us

Thank you for your interest to join our team! Staff members bear a sizeable responsibility for the welfare of student participants and are vital to their success.

Our Philosophy

The purpose of the Upward Bound Program is to generate the academic skills and motivation that will enable each participant to complete a secondary educational program and subsequently enroll in and complete a post-secondary degree.

We believe that the primary responsibility of the Upward Bound Program is to provide successful learning experiences designed to meet the individual academic, cultural, social and vocational needs of each participant within an atmosphere that allows intellectual, physical and emotional development.

We believe in and strive to provide worthwhile activities, which will challenge each participant to achieve their fullest potential.

Our Program

Upward Bound is an early intervention program that effectively assists students in grades 9-12 who have “college potential” but often do not recognize or understand their academic and career options beyond high school. We identify, recruit, and help first-generation youth with financial need to prepare for higher education. The program’s objective is to holistically motivate and provide students with the comprehensive skillset needed to obtain a college degree.

The LSU Upward Bound program is housed in the Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI), a national innovator in STEM education, research and mentoring programs. Students in Upward Bound receive intensive, engaging academic instruction on the LSU campus and hands-on experience in academic areas.

Students receive academic services throughout the academic year, mostly on Saturdays. During those Saturdays, the primary academic service offered is supplemental instruction to further enhance the understanding of the concepts learned in school. Saturday classes operate from 9:00am–1:00pm on our campus. 



Instructors are paid according to education and experience, with a maximum of $25.00/teaching hour. If you are interested in being an LSU Upward Bound instructor, please send your resume/CV with at least 3 references to: upwardbound@lsu.edu.


As an Upward Bound mentor, you will have the opportunity to enhance the development of Upward Bound students while also developing your leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. We are looking for role models to:

  • Exhibit passion and excitement for enriching the lives of young people while serving as mentors
  • Lead enrichment classes and attend field trips
  • Assist with ACT Preparation

Mentors may earn up to $10.00 per hour. Fill out the mentor application and email it to upwardbound@lsu.edu.


As an Upward Bound tutor, in addition to being a mentor, you will also:

  • Assist students with understanding and applying key concepts
  • Exhibit passion and excitement for enriching the lives of young people
  • Assist with ACT Preparation
  • Provide effective tutoring in your particular subject area (Advanced Math, Algebra 1 & 2, Biology 1 & 2, Chemistry, English, Geometry, History, Physics, and Spanish)

Tutors are paid up to $10.00 per hour. Fill out the tutor application and email it to upwardbound@lsu.edu.