Victor Salazar has been involved with Upward Bound for many years. He was a student participant from Antonito High School. He also worked with Upward Bound during his college years as both a driver for the Academic Year night sessions and a counselor during the Summer Sessions. He received his B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Adams State College in 1991.
From 1991-96 Victor worked for Valley-Wide Health Services, Inc., Adolescent Health Program. As a youth advocate, Victor has been involved in various community coalitions whose goals have been to implement alternative activities for youth and their families. He is also active in community development which is the effort a community makes to identify and solve many of their own problems.
In January of 1996, Victor accepted the position of Program Coordinator for the new School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP). SWAP is a collaborative effort between the San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES), the San Luis Valley Educational Center--Alamosa Campus, and the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. This program is designed to work with students who have mild to moderate learning disabilities as they move from high school into the work force. His job responsibilities include developing and coordinating a program of community based services which will result in successful employment and community living opportunities for youth.