Peer Leaders at our first workshop of Summer 2011 at UC Berkeley
Claudia Suarez from East Oakland School of the Arts won the distinguished 2012 Peer Leader of the Year Award. The Peer Leader of the Year exemplifies all three of our values; the Heart of a Great Teacher, the Mind of an Innovator and the Spirit of an Inspired Student. An educator who nominated Claudia said, “Claudia possesses an individual, passionate, and sincere approach to learning. She is naturally curious, intrinsically motivated, thinks outside the box, and her critical analysis skills are sharp and ready. She is the type of student that challenges me to be a better teacher. She can often be found helping her classmates, especially around college applications, scholarships, and maintaining their grades. She personifies a ‘Peer Leader.’ When it was crunch time for the November 30 deadline for CSUs and UCs, she stayed up late on the phone with other seniors to help them with their applications. Despite difficult challenges she has faced in her family and personal life, she perseveres and has a humble resiliency. Claudia is an advocate and has even been recently featured as a guest blogger on KQED’s website. She is attending UC Santa Cruz and plans on becoming part of the class of 2016.
In the Spring, we will hold our annual Peer Leader and College Summit Community Awards Banquet. We need Peer Leaders and educators to nominate Class of 2013 Peer Leaders for one or all four Peer Leader awards. Nomination forms will be available in the Spring.
Our Peer Leader of the Year (1 winner) will win a fully loaded laptop and other goodies. No good deed is too little to mention and share with our judging panel. Ask your educator or College Summit staff about it.
Alumni from different years come together and support the summer workshop season
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We will host three alumni events each year to support alumni as you navigate college. Check out our N. CA Facebook Page for details on topics, times and locations.
Lookout for events during these months:
December, March, June
The Northern California region holds a strong commitment to providing continued support and opportunities for our alumni. Our Alumni Leaders are a valuable part of the team at workshops, as they stand as testaments to the success that Peer Leaders strive to achieve. They are like the big brothers and sisters of the workshop, leading by example and sharing their experiences and lessons learned with the rising high school seniors.
Are you interested in learning more about the role and responsibilities of being an Alumni Leader? We accept Resumes from December-March.
Educators' Academy: Our Educators' Academy Season is underway. We kicked it off on July 26th at Lionel Wilson College Prep and have held four Educators' Academies since then. Our Program Team trains educators at school-site-based Educators' Academies, which are professional development sessions that are tailored to meet the needs of each school. At these sessions, we provide in-depth training on our curriculum, our student data portals (CSNav and Naviance), instructional strategies, and on ways to engage peer leaders, all in support of strengthening college-going cultures and increasing access to college. So far we have trained 32 educators and counselors and look forward to the rest of our site-based Educators' Academies.
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