CALDWELL — Pushing youngsters to perform issues they could have by no means thought attainable, offering them infinite alternatives and supporting them each step of the best way. These are simply a number of the objectives of TRIO Upward Sure – an extended-standing nationwide program for top schoolers from deprived backgrounds.

At excessive faculties across the state and nation, TRIO Upward Sure serves low-revenue college students, these with disabilities and teenagers who can be the primary of their household to get a 4-yr diploma. Its mission is to encourage college students to go on and to know that school – and a shiny future – are in attain.

TRIO is funded by means of the U.S. Division of Schooling and is concentrated on encouraging and getting ready college students for school in addition to serving to them navigate the system and apply for scholarships. Upward Sure is only one of eight TRIO packages in faculties and schools throughout the nation.

KTVB discovered about how this system has confirmed to be success and is altering lives for college kids at Caldwell Excessive Faculty the place ninety two % of final yr’s Upward Sure seniors enrolled in publish-secondary schooling.

Caldwell, Borah, Capital, Meridian, Nampa, Owhyee and Rimrock Excessive Faculties all have an Upward Sure program and it’s carried out by means of Boise State College.

On Tuesday, 4 TRIO Upward Sure alumni who at the moment are attending school sat in entrance of scholars at present enrolled in this system to share their school experiences so far, present recommendation and talk about how TRIO has helped them obtain their objectives.

“I might be a primary era scholar to go to school,” Caldwell Excessive Faculty senior within the Upward Sure program, Juan Saavedra, stated.

“I consider my mother acquired her GED, I am not so positive. My dad did not graduate,” Caldwell Excessive Faculty junior within the Upward Sure program, Religion Alaniz, added.

Alaniz is planning to use to Ivy League faculties subsequent yr and pursue her passions in regulation and ladies’s empowerment.

“TRIO simply sort of like formed my viewpoint: it was like, OK you are getting these grades to go right here,” she stated. “I do not assume I might have any of the alternatives with out Josh or TRIO.”

“Earlier than this program I used to be sort of identical to, eh, it is highschool and simply type of brushed it off,” Saavedra stated. “If it wasn’t for this program I would not be right here at this time stressing about having to go to school and the significance of upper schooling.”

Religion and Juan will quickly be sitting the place Upward Sure alumni and present school college students like Tatiana Velasco sat on Tuesday.

“I simply completed my first semester and I used to be fortunate sufficient to finish with a,” Velasco advised present college students. “I am double majoring in Biochemistry and…