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The TRIO Communication Upward Bound program offers youth in the Wichita area an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills and learn how to work with and write for varied media outlets.

The centerpiece of the program is a four-week intensive residential summer camp for high school students housed on the Wichita State University campus and run by faculty and staff in the Elliott School of Communication.

Year-round tutoring in all academic areas, field trips and monthly Saturday activities help students stay in touch with their peers and their mentors.

Students learn about the new world of communication while learning and perfecting their public speaking, writing, and media production skills.

Students produce their own newspapers, video broadcasts and web sites and learn to work together in a professional setting to express their unique views.

Community media professionals contribute their time and skills to help mentor this important generation of future communicators.

All services are provided to program participants completely FREE of charge. In fact, students receive a small stipend for their participation.

This program is 100 percent federally funded at $250,000.

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