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Volunteer Kevin Naiker
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

Teens from confluence academy
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

Miles Davis
Picking Up the Beat from Peers

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... Read More

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Compassion and College Access

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... Read More

Alumna Shantae J. Edwards
Alumna Shantae J. Edwards

  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... Read More

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs
A More “Universal Acquaintance”: The Power of Peer Influence

 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... Read More

Alumnus Carlos Amaya
Alumnus Carlos Amaya

  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... Read More

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Students Warmly Praised by West Virginia School System

  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... Read More

Alumnus Daniel Perez
Alumnus Daniel Perez

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.... Read More

Spotlight: PeerForward Coach Quincy Jones
Spotlight: PeerForward Coach Quincy Jones

    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... Read More

Alumna Kadene Pitter
Alumna Kadene Pitter

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... Read More

Alumnus Mark Camphor
Alumnus Mark Camphor

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... Read More

A Theory of Justice
What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Justice?

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... Read More

Cornelius, a PeerForward advocate
The Power of Peers

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... Read More

Students at College Signing Day
College Summit teams up with Reach Higher for College Signing Day

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... Read More

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Prince George’s County, MD Adopts College Summit District-wide

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... Read More

Keith Frome
Students are the Answer

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... Read More

Alumna Kaneisha Wheelock
Alumna Kaneisha Wheelock

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... Read More

Alumna TaMarcia Braggs-George
Alumna TaMarcia Braggs-George

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... Read More

Student leader
Recognizing the Power of Peer-Led Initiatives

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... Read More

Alumnus Vincent Pendarvis II
Alumnus Vincent Pendarvis II

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... Read More

Alumnus Ramon Gomez
Alumnus Ramon Gomez

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... Read More

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The Purpose of the American 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... Read More

Alumna Aloysia Jean
Alumna Aloysia Jean

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... Read More

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Alumna Melanie Gonzalez

       College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Melanie 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... Read More

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Creating A College-Going Culture Starts With The Students Themselves

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... Read More

Alumna Zakiya Jackson
Alumna Zakiya Jackson

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... Read More

Alumna Venesa Coger
Alumna Venesa Coger

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... Read More

Alumna Daisha Overstreet
Alumna Daisha Overstreet

  College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Daisha Overstreet shares her 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... Read More

Alumna Ayont Young
Alumna Ayont Young

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... Read More

Spotlight: Volunteer Satra Sampson-Arokium
Spotlight: Volunteer Satra Sampson-Arokium

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... Read More

Alumna Scophia Flemming
Alumna Scophia Flemming

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... Read More

Volunteer Robert Scholl
Spotlight: Volunteer Robert Scholl

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... Read More

Volunteer Julia Brown
Spotlight: Volunteer Julia Brown

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... Read More

Why Do Our Peer Leaders Care So Much?

I get asked all the time: Do you pay your Peer Leaders? The answer is not only “No” but also “And they never ask to be paid.” This perplexes most people: “You mean to tell me you ask rising high school seniors to leave their... Read More

Notes from the Field: Creative Campaigns Driving FAFSA Completion

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key to unlocking funds to pay for college. Yet each year 2.3 million low-income students never apply. But at the American Sign Language and English Secondary School in New York City, where many students are... Read More

Inside Higher Ed Features the Power of Peer Influence

Complex and expensive interventions to close the college degree attainment gap between higher-income students and lower-income students have not yet succeeded. Could it be that a crucial and powerful tactic – the power of peer influence –  has been overlooked for far too long? Inside... Read More

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