The Peer Leader Movement

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Spotlight: Volunteer Kevin Naiker

Meet Kevin Naiker, Director of College Coaching who went from anti-Apartheid activist to college access educator, now teaching at Howard Community College. I was born in Cape Town, South Africa, during the Apartheid era. Education was considered a luxury for African Americans. Certainly not a... Read More

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Spotlight: Partner School Confluence Preparatory Academy

This summer, four seniors from Confluence Preparatory Academy traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, with their College Summit teacher, Haley Brueck, for a leadership workshop they’ll never forget. College Summit is an organization and a course offered to all seniors at Confluence Preparatory Academy. It is dedicated to... Read More

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Picking Up the Beat from Peers

I just saw Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s film about Miles Davis. Notes and chords and rhythm are the building blocks of a piece of music, and a great jazz composition deconstructs them, rearranges them, spreads them out, slows them down, and speeds them up. Sort... Read More

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Alumna Shantae J. Edwards

  College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Shantae J. Edwards shares her journey. When did you become a part of College Summit?  I kicked off my College Summit journey in the Summer of 2002 at Loyola-Columbia University in Chicago. I... Read More

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A More “Universal Acquaintance”: The Power of Peer Influence

 In their new book, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf tell the story of how Thomas Jefferson, when he was 16, decided he needed to go to the College of William and... Read More

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Alumnus Carlos Amaya

  College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Carlos Amaya shares his journey. When did you become a part of College Summit? If you attended a Summer Workshop, please share your experience. I attended my College Summit Summer Workshop at the... Read More

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Alumnus Daniel Perez

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Daniel Perez shares his journey. When did you become a part of College Summit? If you attended a Summer Workshop, please share your experience. I attended my College Summit workshop in 2006 at USC.... Read More

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Spotlight: PeerForward Coach Quincy Jones

    Do you have a nickname? If so where does it come from? Yes my friends call me Q which is just short for Quincy  Where did you grow up? Tell me about what that was like? I grew up in Cincinnati, OH, which was... Read More

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Alumna Kadene Pitter

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Kadence Pitter  shares her journey. When did you become a part of College Summit? Please share your Summer Workshop experience. (Where did you stay? What was it like being on a college campus?... Read More

Mark Camphor Spotlight
Alumnus Mark Camphor

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Mark Camphor  shares his journey. When did you become a part of College Summit?  I became a part of College Summit in 2011 at Yale University. My workshop experience expanded my horizon to... Read More

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What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Justice?

Is our current system of education just? In the school reform world, we use and hear the phrase “social justice” all the time, but what does it mean? What are we talking about when we talk about justice within the framework of how we educate... Read More

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The Power of Peers

Cornelius Williams never intended to pursue a higher education until his best friend – Peer Leader Ashley Daniels – came along. Even though I had a 4.3 GPA and played football, I had no aspiration to go to college. I was cutting yards and worked... Read More

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College Summit teams up with Reach Higher for College Signing Day

College Summit will be collaborating with the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative to celebrate graduating seniors, showcase our student leaders and inspire more young people to take the first steps on their journey to higher education. College Signing Day provides a unique opportunity for our... Read More

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Prince George’s County, MD Adopts College Summit District-wide

One of the nation’s largest school districts, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) just outside of Washington, DC, just announced that beginning this spring, all 29 high schools in the county will launch College Summit’s PeerForward program. “We recognize that graduating our high schools is... Read More

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Students are the Answer

For those of you who I haven’t met in person, I am Keith Frome and I became CEO full-time this summer. I was a co-founder of College Summit two decades ago with J.B. Schramm and Derek Canty. I created the writing curriculum we use in... Read More

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Alumna Kaneisha Wheelock

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Kaneisha Wheelock Perez shares her journey. College Summit: When did you become a Peer Leader? What was your summer workshop experience like? Kaneisha : I became a Peer Leader in the summer of 2008 at... Read More

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Alumna TaMarcia Braggs-George

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Tamara Braggs-George shares her journey. College Summit: When did you become a Peer Leader? What was your summer workshop experience like? TaMarcia: I believe that my College Summit experience helped mold me into the... Read More

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Recognizing the Power of Peer-Led Initiatives

Happy New Year to all of our students, alumni, educators, partners and supporters! 2016 is a momentous year as it is the year we formally implement PeerForward, our campaign for the next generation of College Summit, nationwide. It will also be the year of student-driven... Read More

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Alumnus Vincent Pendarvis II

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Vincent Pendarvis II shares his journey. When did you become a Peer Leader? What was your summer workshop experience like? I became a Peer Leader during the summer of 2009 at Presbyterian College in... Read More

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Alumnus Ramon Gomez

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Ramon Gomez shares his journey. When did you become a Peer Leader? What was your summer workshop experience like? I had the great fortune of becoming a Peer Leader in the summer of 2010... Read More

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Alumna Aloysia Jean

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Aloysia Jean shares her journey. When did you become a Peer Leader? What was your summer Workshop experience like? My Peer Leader workshop was at Yale University in 2012. I remember being so excited... Read More

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Alumna Melanie Gonzalez

       College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Melanis Gonzalez shares her journey. When did you become a Peer Leader? What was your summer workshop experience like? I became a part of College Summit in my junior year of high... Read More

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Creating A College-Going Culture Starts With The Students Themselves

Every year, there are 1.1 million low-income 8th graders in America’s schools. 95 percent say they want to go to college, but only 9 percent of them will graduate by the time they are 24. In 1970, that figure was 6 percent. We have clearly... Read More

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Alumna Zakiya Jackson

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Zakiya Jackson shares his journey. When did you become a Peer Leader? What was your summer workshop experience like? I became a Peer Leader in 2011 at the University of California, Berkeley. My workshop... Read More

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Alumna Venesa Coger

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Vanesa Coger shares her journey. When did you become a Peer Leader? What was your summer workshop experience like? In the summer of 2012, I had the opportunity to attend a College Summit... Read More

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Alumna Daisha Overstreet

  College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Daisha Overstreet shares his journey. When did you become a part of College Summit? Please share about your summer Workshop experience? My Peer Leader Workshop was at Marshall University in the summer of 2012.... Read More

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Alumna Ayont Young

The College Summit “Alumni Spotlight” series highlights the college and career pathways of a different alum of our unique Peer Leader program monthly. 1. When did you become a part of College Summit? Please share about your summer Workshop experience? I started being engaged with College Summit... Read More

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Spotlight: Volunteer Satra Sampson-Arokium

Meet Satra Sampson-Arokium, celebrating her 10th year as a College Summit volunteer, currently serving as a Writing Coach Coordinator in the Connecticut Region. Her motto is: “Don’t give up. Continue to reach beyond the sky. Obstacles may come your way, but just keep fighting.” I... Read More

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Alumna Scophia Flemming

College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Sophia Flemming shares her journey. When did you become a part of College Summit? Please share about your summer Workshop experience? I became a part of College Summit back in 2009, the summer before... Read More

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Spotlight: Volunteer Robert Scholl

Meet Robert Scholl, West Virginia native and retired college admissions professional who is celebrating 11 years as a volunteer for College Summit! He currently serves as a Director of College Coaching.  I am a product of the coal industry. My grandfather came to West Virginia... Read More

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Spotlight: Volunteer Julia Brown

Meet Julia Brown, high school chorus teacher in Columbia, SC who started as a Chaperone, turned into a Writing Coach, Writing Coach Coordinator, and then watched her own son become a Peer Leader. Every year at workshops she tells her students: “When you got here... Read More

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Peer Leader’s Story Illuminates Role of Financial Aid

Moises Urena, now a SUNY student, came to believe he could go to college after attending a College Summit workshop. There, he was not only inspired to seek higher education, but to help his friends to do the same. Once homeless, when Moises arrived on... Read More

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College Summit Featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

We are honored to be featured in the prestigious Stanford Social Innovation Review for our recent work redeveloping our business model to serve more students. The article focuses on two organizations that seem to have nothing in common – College Summit and Akshaya Patra, an... Read More

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Can Students Do More?

The core belief of College Summit is that the power of positive peer influence can help drive up college enrollment and attainment rates for high schools serving students in low-income neighborhoods. In a guest blog post on EdWeek.org, co-authored by our CEO and Co-founder Keith Frome... Read More

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Spotlight: Volunteer Joseph Tavares

College Summit Volunteer Joseph Tavares recently shared why he travels from his work base of Jakarta, Indonesia to donate his time and talents assisting College Summit summer workshops each year. Tell us about your personal college journey. “My grandparents immigrated from the Cape Verde Islands... Read More

First Lady Michelle Obama, as part of the Reach Higher initiative and Better Make Room campaign, joins students for a group photo on the South Portico, during the Beating the Odds Summit at the White House, July 19, 2016.  (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Beating the Odds Convening

In July, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative and Better Make Room campaign invited two College Summit Peer Leaders to join fellow college-bound students from across the country who have overcome substantial obstacles to reach a higher education. They were hosted at the White House on July 19. Read More

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Every Classroom Holds the Key

In reading the recent coverage around the college admission season it’s easy to think that there is one educational path whose most urgent obstacle occurs in the 12th grade, when high school seniors confront the daunting acceptance rates of the nation’s most elite colleges. Read More

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Alumnus Cornelius Williams

Imagine a still lake on a sunny day. A single drop of rain hits the water’s surface and ripples begin to appear. I am a ripple. On Aug. 24, 2009, a friend changed the course of my life. As senior year in high school loomed... Read More

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What First-Generation College Students Want

College Summit alumnus, Gregory Dendy of Washington, D.C., shares his experience as a first-generation college student with The Atlantic. Gregory finds the role of leader quite comfortable; he is planning on being the U.S. Attorney General someday. Read More

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Alumna Vanesa Coger

Prior to my workshop, I had never been on a college campus before. Being at Yale University convinced me I wanted to go away for school. Going out-of-state and paying for it was a big challenge for me to overcome. I received a fair amount... Read More

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