The Peer Leader Movement

Three Cheers for Our Devoted Volunteers

If you’ve ever experienced a workshop, then you know first-hand that our volunteers play a pivotal role impacting hundreds of students each year. Whether they’re bright-eyed college students, dedicated alumni, or wholehearted, wise professionals, volunteers arrive at our workshops each year eager to guide our... Read More

Meet Serenity Strothers

College and Major: Bowie State University ‘21, Criminal Justice Workshop: University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2017 Workshop Roles: Peer Support Specialist – Washington College, 2019   Though her college journey has not been a walk in the park, Serenity is still pursuing her dreams of... Read More

The PeerForward Movement Continues to Blossom at Spring Training Camps

In the spirit of spring, PeerForward teams are blooming with new ideas on how to continue the momentum on their college-going campaigns as they near the last quarter of the school year.   In support of their continued success, PeerForward hosts Spring Training Camps to provide Peer Leaders with the opportunity to reflect, review, and recognize their impressive campaign activities. As a team, Peer... Read More

Philadelphia Peer Leaders Visit NASDAQ Office in Pa.

Peer Leaders in Philadelphia are reaching new heights! On February 19th, 14 Peer Leaders from Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pa. were invited to the NASDAQ office in their city to get an exclusive look into the company and the exciting work happening there.   The day began with a walk-through of the NASDAQ office, where... Read More

Charles H. Flowers High School Peer Leaders Lead Session on “Positive Peer Influence: Navigating High School”

Peer influence has the power to change the course of a student’s life in high school and beyond. Our Peer Leaders are experts at using their peer influence to steer classmates in a positive direction by encouraging them to pursue postsecondary education and connecting them to the resources for a successful academic journey. The PeerForward team at Charles H. Flowers High School saw the perfect... Read More

NFL Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater Promotes PeerForward FAFSA Drive in Miami

Teddy Bridgewater, NFL quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, is fueling the PeerForward fire at his alma mater, Miami Northwestern Senior High School! Catch him alongside Peer Leader Summer Mosley in the video below as they rally community support for their FAFSA drive in Miami, Fla.   PeerForward sends our thanks to Mr. Bridgewater for using his platform to spread awareness... Read More

Gary Z. Linnen, Chief Executive Officer

Gary Z. Linnen is the CEO of PeerForward following its original co-founders. Mr. Linnen has steered PeerForward’s programs for more than a decade, cultivating deep experience in youth development, program innovation, and organizational leadership. He has contributed to virtually every function of the organization, from... Read More

Meet Dante Faison

Alumni Spotlight of the Week!  College & Major: Secondary Education Major, Towson University ‘22 Workshop: University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2016 Workshop Roles: Operation Specialist – Towson 2018, Washington College 2019   What was your first PeerForward experience? I first got involved with PeerForward during the 2016... Read More

Coaches-in-Training Convene in DC

When greatness gathers in one room, incredible things happen. We witnessed just that in January at our national office in DC, where our three Coaches-in-Training cohorts joined for the opportunity to advance their leadership, dive deeper into personal development, and hone their facilitation skills.  The three cohorts represented at the training were “6 Gods,” our newest cohort; “Elev8te,” the second-year cohort; and “The L.A.W.,” the third-year cohort. With each progressing year... Read More

D.C. Area Peer Leaders Honored as Posse Scholars

Two PeerForward Peer Leaders, Chidera Nnawuba and Matwos Tadesse, were awarded Posse Scholarship Awards at a January 8th ceremony at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C. As part of the scholarship, The Posse Foundation selects high school seniors who display exceptional leadership qualities and sends... Read More

PeerForward 2019 Fall Semester Highlights

The holidays are near, and nothing warms us more than looking back at all our Peer Leaders have accomplished so far this school year.  At the high school level, Peer Leaders have been busy supporting their peers as they fill out college applications, file for... Read More

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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