By volunteering with College Summit’s First Year Forward Pilot Program, you will make a difference in your community by empowering students to reach their college and career goals.

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What is the First Year Forward Pilot Program?

This school year, College Summit is launching the First Year Forward Pilot Program, which aims to build on College Summit’s knowledge and experience helping students enroll in college to develop services and interventions that positively affect college persistence. The pilot will serve an estimated 1,000 students annually with mentoring and advising interventions.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Volunteer Responsibilities

Your service as a Peer Mentor or Personal College Advisor for the First Year Forward Pilot Program is critical. This program is intended to help freshmen to achieve successful completion of their freshmen year. As a Peer Mentor or Personal College Advisor, you will be responsible for:

  • Meeting with a college freshman two times per month for the duration of the Academic Year (October through May, with breaks during the months of December and January).
  • Committing to an hour-long, remote session (using conference calls and/or video chat tools such as Skype or Google Hangouts) for each meeting.
  • Allowing at least 30 minutes to prepare before each meeting.
  • Working to support a student through the exciting journey of their first year in college.
  • Helping a student to achieve important milestones, stay ahead of deadlines, and work through challenges they may experience in their first year.
  • Empowering and supporting freshmen to achieve their goals.

The applications for Peer Mentors and Personal College Advisors are now available. If you are interested in serving as one of our volunteers, please fill out the application HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Terin Bufford, Alumni Engagement manager at

You know the challenges of the freshman year because you’ve been there. Help them make it a success!

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