The Peer Leader

College Summit alum Moises Urena. Photo by John Carl D'Annibale/Times Union
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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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