Making a Lasting Impact in the Lives of Others

Upward Bound at University of California, Irvine is a federally funded TRIO program (U.S. Department of Education) that provides educational assistance; academic advisement; college and career planning; educational and cultural fieldtrips; and tutoring to low-income, first generation high school students. Upward Bound participants are uniquely chosen to participate in the program and have been selected for their motivation to succeed in school and attend post-secondary education. All participants are from low income and/or first-generation backgrounds.

Current UCI Students click "APPLY" to start your application. Click here for additional information on Upward Bound Tutor positions

  1. Complete the application and submit it to:

    Center for Educational Partnerships
    Attn: Kimberly Balderrama
    120 Theory, Suite 150
    Irvine, CA 92697-2505

* Application period will remain open until positions are filled.

  • Provide academic tutoring and peer mentoring in one or more of the following subject areas: mathematics, laboratory science, language other than English, composition/literature and other high school requirements.
  • Work with students on a one-on-one basis or in small groups;
  • Encourage/support students in a positive and enriching learning environment;
  • Provide computer assistance with educational software programs in related subjects;
  • Coordinate academic and study skill presentations and monitor student progress;
  • Coordinate team project with assigned students (if applicable);
  • Serve as a positive role model

  • Minimum 2.8 UC GPA (cumulative)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (in desired subject area)
  • General knowledge of subject(s) to answer questions and provide assistance in activities designed to develop their general education skills and improve mastery of course material
  • Understanding of electronic mail and computer applications (Google Apps, Remind, and Khan Academy)
  • UCI students receiving Work Study as part of their Financial Aid award (preferred)
  • Upon employment offer, must be willing to undergo TB testing and LiveScan (background check)


  • Complete application process via Handshake which includes cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts (HS and college), online application, and three references
  • LiveScan/background check through UCI PD
  • Provide TB test results

Kimberly Balderrama
Upward Bound
(949) 824-9145

Center for Educational Partnerships
120 Theory, Suite 150
Irvine, CA 92697-2505