Adam Harris is the new director of Grand Valley's TRIO Upward Bound Detroit program, charged with recruiting students into the program and aiding their success through high school and into college.
Since January, he and other staff members have had a consistent presence at University Preparatory Academy and University Prep Art and Design, offering tutoring services, workshops and seminars. Both high schools are among the charter schools authorized by Grand Valley. TRIO Upward Bound programs serve high school students from underserved communities and those who would be first-generation college students.
The university received a five-year, $1.4 million federal grant to establish the program, which will serve 60 students from those two schools. Harris has since discovered it won't be an issue to recruit and serve 60 students.
"There is a lot of interest. What the students say is that they want a sense of family. They want growth and development in their academics, social and cultural aspects of their lives," Harris said. "We can offer that. And the students understand that they have a role to play in their futures."