The Peer Leader

Hannah Tall (volunteer)
Volunteer Hannah Tall

“Volunteering 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, a Pace... Read More

Results are Rolling 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, though validated by research, is still radical in American education: students can be organized,... Read More

Advocating for Peers and PeerForward

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 case... 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

Olawunmi Akinlemibola; Photo by Kate Ryan, WTOP
Peer Leader Racks Up Acceptances

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... Read More

Creative Campaigns Improving College Chances

It takes commitment and ingenuity to run successful campaigns to get your friends and classmates to make an education plan for life after high school. College Summit’s 100 teams of Peer Leaders have shown both throughout the school year. Here are some of our favorite... Read More

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

Lake Wales Peer Leaders Gabriella Tolento (left), Isabel (Izzy) Wadsworth (center), Sadie Marston (right).
Of Peers and Pirouettes

Next fall, Izzy, a senior and Peer Leader at Lake Wales Charter High School, is heading to Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. She earned a tennis scholarship and looks forward to the student-athlete life, but she very nearly went in another direction. Dance was Izzy’s first... 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

Partner Ballou High School achieves 100% college applications

Congrats to Ballou High School, a PeerForward partner school in Washington, D.C., for achieving 100% college application rate for their senior class. College Summit is proud to be a part of the effort to cultivate a college-going culture at Ballou. Read more about the school’s... Read More

Eugene Lang
In Appreciation of Eugene Lang

  College Summit notes with great respect the passing of Eugene Lang, an investor who made a spontaneous promise to students in a Harlem school to pay for their college education. “Mr. Lang blazed a trail for committed community leaders to connect with, and make... 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


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