Achieving Success and
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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. Alumni are strongly encouraged to serve as First Year Forward Ambassadors, sending assigned freshman students information, reminders, support, and advice on how to navigate the first year of college—all through weekly text messages.

Congratulations to our Outstanding Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 school year! Rocio Siri, Richenet LaFleur, and Julio Gonzalez-Hernandez went above and beyond the call of duty to bring our students the support and advice needed to have a successful freshmen year in college. Read what each had to say about serving as an Ambassador here.

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

Congratulations to First Year Forward’s Outstanding Ambassadors!

This month, PeerForward wrapped up the final implementation period of its three-year pilot evaluation program, First Year Forward, the SMS-based research project aimed to assess whether virtual, text-based mentorship could be a useful tool for increasing college matriculation rates from year one to year two.... Read More

Peer Leader August Taylor Takes the Stage at VPP All-Stars Night

On April 6, 2019, our partners at Venture Philanthropy Partners celebrated their 19-year legacy of bringing meaningful philanthropic investment and change to the Greater Washington region at their All-Stars Night. Our own “all-star” Peer Leader, August Taylor from Suitland High School in Md., was chosen... 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

Omezie Omeokwe, Chair
New York

Michael Ferron, Vice Chair
New York

Jenadra Harvey, Secretary

Aadon Penny
New York

Antoine Tate

Vanessa Munoz

Baja Poawui

Rex Okonkwo

Chantae Edwards
New York

Daniel Perez

Emily Coleman

Flavio Guzman

Inna Sall
New York

Phillips Percy
New York

Tamika Gordon

Jamie Enge

Kadene Pitter

Kendra Yates
South Carolina

Nhi Truong

Tellyshia J. Winbush

Shenickey DeGannes
New York

Peace Nwagbo

Raphael Crawford 
Washington, D.C.

Rocio Siri Garcia
New York

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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