Seven Girls - Seven Dreams

In Summer 2007, seven girls in high school participated in a photography elective as part of Upward Bound's summer academic activities. Appalachian State University photographer Troy Tuttle taught the class as a staff volunteer. He photographed each girl as she appears today and as the woman she desires to become. The experience created a dynamic visual of what Upward Bound can mean to young people whose life and career aspirations may seem out of reach. Their faces tell the story.

Heidi

High school junior

"When I was 12 years old, my mom was diagnosed with a medical disorder... I believe we have had to struggle more than most families have ever had to struggle. So in return, I want to live a much better life, and that's where Upward Bound program plays a major role in my future. After being in the program, I received an awesome report card: three A's and one B. Before, I had never received higher than a B."

Allie

High school junior

"It's not if I'm going to college, it's how I am going to get there. The fact that my family will not be able to pay for college is the biggest obstacle in my future. I want to be an environmental scientist. There are plenty of ways to go about 'saving the world,' but I want to find practical, simple ways to help the masses help themselves."

Hannah

High school sophomore

"Having experienced life with two parents who never finished high school, I am eager to accomplish my goals. I want to be a pediatric oncologist... I have my goals in mind and my future in sight."

Libby

High school junior

"Last year I was taking pre-algebra and I would get lost on my homework. I would ask my parents to help me and they were as lost as I was. Upward Bound helps me keep my grades up in high school and that can give me a better chance of getting into college. Both of my parents want me to have a better life than they had."

Rebecca

High school sophomore

"My family keeps three foster children. My brother and I are also twins, so we have a pretty good-sized family. With all these kids in your home, college is pretty skeptical. That's why I'm in Upward Bound. I want to be a forensic serologist. Upward Bound can help me reach this goal by giving me confidence and relieving the stress I have."

DeAnna

High school junior

"All through elementary school I didn't do as best as I could. I made bad grades until my freshman year. Then I heard about a great program called Upward Bound. My life has been permanently changed by this program."

Kendra

High school sophomore

"Upward Bound is a great program. It has helped me a lot with my school work and helped me come out of my shell... I have a 9-month-old sister. Even without buying diapers and formula, I still don't think my parents could afford college. I really need financial help.