“UPO’s STEM-based P.O.W.E.R. program helps bridge the gap between what you learn in high school and what you need to know for college.”

During her freshmen year of high school, Sydni Foshee made a friend who constantly raved about great weekend experiences through an enrichment program called P.O.W.E.R.! Sydni was eager to participate in this program that would allow her to “have fun while learning.” With some help from her friend, Sydni was able to meet with the program coordinator, UPO’s Kenneth Carroll before the school year ended.

At the time, the program was at capacity but Sydni kept in touch with Mr. Carroll and when he received funding to add additional students he made sure Sydni was one of them!

“It was such a great opportunity! P.O.W.E.R. helped me better understand the purpose of school and how education can help me secure a better future.”

The UPO “Providing Opportunities with Educational Readiness” (P.O.W.E.R.) program is designed to nurture and prepare youth in grades six through twelve for the academic rigors of higher education. We work intensely with youth living in DC’s Ward 8 to ensure their successful entry into college upon high school graduation.

Currently, Sydni is completing her sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh. She’s studying Astrophysics and plans to become a rocket scientist!!

“P.O.W.E.R. gave me a leg up. My school didn’t have the ability to offer a lot of advanced placement classes but I had P.O.W.E.R. to help prepare me for college.”

We are proud of Sydni and her commitment to higher education! As part of the UPO family, we will continue to support her and be with her every step of the way! #SheIsUPO #MoveToEducation