Programs for Youth

Upward Bound


An intensive program serving highly motivated students in grades 9-12 to transition to post-secondary institutions



Early intervention for students starting in 7th grade to first year of college creating early awareness and readiness for college

Amir Franklin
Amir Franklin

Amir Franklin

Program Coordinator, Upward Bound, College Access Initiatives


Amir Franklin is program coordinator for Upward Bound at MSU. This role allows him to continue his passion for empowering students and helping them overcome barriers to higher education. Through the Upward Bound program, he provides academic support, mentorship, and college readiness guidance to high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds, ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed.

Before joining Michigan State University in 2023, Amir served as an academic advisor at Wayne County Community College District. In this role, he provided guidance to students, ensuring they were aware of curriculum requirements and assisting them in making informed decisions about their academic paths.

Prior to that, he served as a part-time academic advisor at Eastern Michigan University in the University Advising and Career Development Center. He assisted students enrolled in the Brotherhood Scholars program, providing them with personalized guidance to ensure their success.

Amir also served as project coordinator for the MICUP-BEAT at EMU, a program that helps prepare students for attendance at a four-year institution and assists them once enrolled. As project coordinator, he facilitated collaboration within the Academic Success Partnerships department, creating a supportive environment for transfer students.

He holds a master’s degree in higher education, leadership, and administration from Capella University and a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from EMU.