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Ben Shapiro, Upward Bound Director

320-363-5887  bshapiro@csbsju.eduBen Shapiro

Hello!  I'm the new Upward Bound Director.  I got my start in Upward Bound at the College of St. Benedict as a tutor mentor and now have the privilege to come back to campus to be the Director.  Since leaving Upward Bound, I have worked as a teacher and advisor, working with several grant funded programs including TRIO Upward Bound.  Upward Bound is a great program and allows students to strive to better their futures.  I look forward to leading this program into the future.   

Stacy Steil, Upward Bound Program Assistant


 I am the program assistant for the Upward Bound program.  I enjoy working with the students during the summer program.  During the summer program, I also serve as the Yoga teacher.  I enjoy teaching yoga to groups of students that may not have thought about doing it before.  During my time off, I enjoy spending time with my two children. 


Shelley Gemza, Upward Bound Program Advisor I


I am the academic advisor for St. Clould Apollo High School and Willmar High School.  I also work with the students during the summer program and Saturday sessions.  I will also get to know the students at Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud Tech during tutoring this year.  I enjoy working with and getting to know our Upward Bound students during the school year.  This is my fifteenth year working with TRiO programs!  During my time off, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my two children, and reading.   

Chris Young, Upward Bound Advisor II

320-363-5268 cyoung@csbsju.eduChris Young

I am the Upward Bound Program Advisor for St. Cloud Tech High School and Sauk Rapids Rice High School.  I will be meeting with students from these schools on a weekly basis and will also work with students from other schools at the Saturday sessions.  Being part of Upward Bound is a privilege and I am truly impressed with the students and staff that are involved with the program. In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with my four children.