Achieving Success and
Paying it Forward

Our Alumni are the Best Inspiration and Support

PeerForward has influenced the lives of more than 350,000 young people, creating a national network of alumni who serve as our ambassadors, our volunteers, and our PeerForward staff. PeerForward alumni are the best inspiration and support for students following in their footsteps on the path to and through higher education.

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First Year Forward

With support from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, PeerForward launched the First Year Forward program, a free program for incoming college freshmen pursuing a degree from a two or four-year accredited college or university. First Year Forward is based on research showing that text messaging is a low-cost, effective way to send reminders and information to college students and ultimately increase college persistence.

Our alumni are strongly encouraged to serve as First Year Forward Ambassadors responsible for sending a group of freshman students information, reminders, support, and advice on how to navigate the first year of college—all through weekly text messages.

If you are interested in the First Year Forward program, sign up here!

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Become a Leader

PeerForward thrives because of the thousands of alumni who help us inspire future generations with peer leadership. For years, PeerForward alumni have served in numerous roles, assisting students during workshops on their journey to become Peer Leaders. PeerForward builds on the experience and leadership of our alumni through four specific roles that make up the Alumni Support Team: Operations Specialist Captain, Operations Specialist, Peer Support Specialist Captain, and Peer Support Specialist.

The Alumni Support Team is vital to every workshop. Alumni selected for these roles commit to supporting students and ensuring that all Peer Leaders attain the their workshop goals. All team members offer advice, encouragement and reassurance to students throughout their workshop experience.

Apply for an Alumni Support Team position here!

The Movement

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Meet Olawunmi: 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, college planning, she’s busy deciding which school to attend. Olawunmi is... Read More

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Our Alumni Council Helps Us Continually Improve PeerForward

The National Alumni Council is a board made up of PeerForward alumni members who advise our staff and Board of Directors. The Council also collects feedback from their alumni peers to improve the overall PeerForward alumni experience.

National Alumni Council

Aadon Penny
New York City, NY

Daniel Perez
Denver, CO

Mia Berry
Indianapolis, IN

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College Summit is now PeerForward!

We’ve changed our name, but our mission and values are the same. After two decades of leveraging peer influence to guide more students to higher education, we’ve adopted a name that reflects the power of youth activation. Read more