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  • As part of the FedEx Cares initiative, FedEx has provided College Summit with a $50,000 grant to support its innovative PeerForward program to assist students from low-income communities across America achieve their college and career goals. By 2020, 65 percent of jobs in America will......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • College Summit is pleased to announce three significant grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Fossil Foundation and the Stupski Foundation, all focused on scaling our student–driven program, PeerForward, to impact more than 1.8 million students from low-income communities over the next decade. Carnegie......

  • 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......

  • This past summer, College Summit trained 110 teams of high school juniors and seniors from public schools from around the country to coach the rest of their classmates to navigate their way to higher education. They do this by creating teams at their school and......

  •   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......

  •  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......

  •   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......

  •   HAMLIN – The director of federal programs for Lincoln County Schools recently warmly praised the College Summit program, which began at the Home of the Panthers this past school year. Director Kirk King was speaking at the May 17, 2016 regular session of the......

  • 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.......

  •     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......

  • 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?......

  •   Do you have a nickname? My legal name is Maggie. Maggie is usually short for Margaret – but not in my case. I don’t have a nickname.  Where did you grow up? I grew up on a cattle ranch in northeastern New Mexico. My......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • In Birmingham, where a scarcity of adult volunteers forced King’s colleagues to devise alibis and side projects, the only hope for a march rested on a mass infusion of students. As in Mississippi, Bevel and Diane Nash had begun by recruiting the elite students –......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • There once was a mountain with a north side and a south side. The peak of the mountain, which was seen in its distance equally well from both sides, afforded views of the whole world and from its summit, if one cared or dared to......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • College Summit congratulates and thanks President Obama for signing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). We also thank the Congress for providing ESSA language requiring, where the data is available, each state to report the public and private post-secondary enrollment rates for every high school.......

  • Last week, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. There is a provision found deep in the guts of the legislation that my College Summit co-Founder, J.B. Schramm, with the help of College Summit board members, have been building a coalition......

  • 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......

  •        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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  •   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.......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • The prestigious Brookings Institution featured the success of our PeerForward model as a promising, innovative approach to expanding college access and improving public education. “While by no means a silver bullet, students themselves may be an untapped resource that could help transform our public schools,”......

  • Like a lot of other students at Santee, I come from another country and don’t have a tradition of college going in my family. Even if they wanted me to go, my parents didn’t have the knowledge or resources to help make it happen. On......

  • For decades, progress toward closing the gap in higher education achievement between high-income and low-income students has practically been nil. We believe students in low-income communities can change that. They are the solution. When systems serving youth adopt this mindset, the world will change. Activated......

  • “Being a summer volunteer with College Summit isn’t something you do once and forget about it. It’s a movement that you’re now part of, that you’ve made your mark on and you walk away feeling valuable and loved,” says regular summer workshop volunteer Hannah Tall. Tall,......

  • College Summit is excited to announce a new partnership with the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) in New York City. An initiative of the New York City Department of Education since 2011, ESI is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for Black and Latino young men in......

  • It’s clear.  Our new program, PeerFoward, is making a real difference in the lives of students at low-income high schools. College Summit launched PeerForward this year based on an idea that – although validated by research – is still radical in American education: students can......

  •   The PeerForward team at Lincoln County High School in West Virginia has been trained by College Summit like all our teams to self-advocate and to advocate for others. Recently, the team put together an engaging video they presented to school administration to make the......

  • 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......

  • Congratulations to Peer Leader Olawunmi Akinlemibola at Duval High School in Prince George’s County! Olawunmi has been accepted to more than 14 schools, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Duke and the University of Pennsylvania. Now, she’s busy deciding which school to attend. Olawunmi is an exceptional......

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