Happy Holidays from Upward Bound!

December NMH UB Newsletter

Alumni updates, meet our seniors, UB events and more!

Giving Tuesday Thanks
UB alumni, friends, former staff and other generous donors rallied to raise over $2,000 Upward Bound on December 1st with the help of a matching grant.  It's still not too late to contribute to get this year's tax deduction! We could not do what we do without your support. 
Community Service Spotlight
On November 24th, while many were preparing to feast on their Thanksgiving bounty, Justin Carreiro and Mao Sen NG, UB scholars from Springfield Central High School volunteered for a few hours at Bax and O'Brien's annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive. Accompanied by Commonwealth Corps Member Katy Purington, students carried and stacked enough boxes of non-perishable food to fill more than half of a 48-foot trailer. Their efforts, combined with all of the volunteers and donors who participated in the 52 hour event, raised over $125,000 in food and cash for the Open Pantry. Great job Justin, Mao and Katy!
 Fransisco Alvarado,UB '04 is making waves at WNEU, in Memphis and in his community 
Francisco shares his college journey to date with us. "I am a sophomore at Western New England University, majoring in criminal justice and double minoring in sociology and social work. When I arrived at WNEU, I joined Campus Activities Board (CAB), Comedy Committee and Criminal Justice Association which gave me the opportunity to create awesome friendships and connections.  I took part of the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program  and went to Memphis, Tenessee where I worked with an organization called ‘Youth Villages’. There I worked with mentally and behaviorally challenged children. I wanted to take on a more of a leadership role in ASB and became the Fundraising and Finance Chair and Alternative Fall Break Team leader for this year. I lead a team of 7 WNE students on a trip that focused on Food Insecurity (Thanks UB!). In October 2015, we worked with Kate’s Kitchen and Margaret’s Pantry in Holyoke and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield. It was a great experience, and we learned how to fight social injustices. In March 2016, I will be again participating in ASB and will be going to ‘Beans & Rice’ Pulaski, Virginia. There I will be working with at risk children, low income communities where we will help with the community development effort.
 I also work as a Student Patroller at WNEU Police Department and America Reads Tutor. As a Student Patroller, I am the “eyes and ears” of the police department, and we assist the officers with calls. It has been a great experience to work for Public safety because of the experience and skills I have gained. It has given me the opportunity to get the same training the officers gain like Self-defense, First Aid, certifications (FEMA, CJIS), etc. This experience will help me when looking for a career or internship in the future. I also work with America Reads as a tutor for an elementary school in Springfield. There I am a tutor and mentor for a 3rd grade classroom of 20 students.  America Reads has taught me about all types of disabilities and challenges that affect students in the classroom. In February 2016, I will be attending the IMPACT Conference on Civic Engagement because I am part of America Reads and Alternative Breaks Program.
I suggest that everyone take advantage of all the opportunities that are offered to you, because it will lead to gaining experiences and skills and meet great people along the way." Francisco continues to inspire us with his deep commitment to service and passion for social justice. He is a great example of taking UB values to the next stage of life. Keep up the great work Francisco!
Northfield Mount Hermon Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program which helps firsgeneration/low income scholars achieve their college dreams.
Great Success! Holyoke Dinner and Movie Family Event
Holyoke UB families hosted a very entertaining dinner and movie night on Dec 7th. Dressed in PJs and antlers students decorated, sang, sold snacks and tickets, while parents cooked and served amazing food. An ugly sweater competition was followed by a showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."  Alumni Andrew Mercado, Veronica Zapata and Ciara Prieto and former adviser Anna Rigali joined us and caught us up on their college and job experiences. We raised over $500 towards UB scholarships. Great job Holyoke UB!
Senior Spotlight: Hailey Whipple
 Turners Falls High School
A dedicated student, athlete, and community member and member of the National Honor Society, Hailey challenges herself academically by taking all of her senior credits through a dual enrollment program at Greenfield Community College. Hailey is a leader on the Turners Falls varsity softball team, and an active member of the Turners Falls varsity volleyball team. On top of her busy academic schedule, Hailey spends time preparing and serving meals in a nursing home. How does she do it? With great calm, maturity, and a sense of humor, says her UB advisor. Good luck with your college applications Hailey! 
Support UB! (21 and older only!) 
NMH Upward Bound has been selected for the fundraiser- Community Pint Night at the Northampton Brewery, on January 5th and every Tuesday until June! Every Tuesday is Community Pint Night at the Northampton Brewery. Every time a guest purchases a pint they receive a token worth 25 cents, they then get to choose which organization the Brewery will donate that quarter to. Show your support to Upward Bound by getting a pint at the Northampton Brewery anytime between January and June.
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