PeerForward Open Access Materials

PeerForward, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is offering a continuum of resources to support schools, nonprofits, and other education partners in their progress toward college success by using Youth Activation.

The following materials are intended to support Youth Activation teams comprised of students and adults as they tackle college access and related challenges in their communities. While each product may be used independently, they are designed as a cohesive collection to support schools along a continuum of Youth Activation.

This guide offers background research and rationale for the importance of authentic youth-adult partnerships. It clarifies the terms of Youth Activation (YA) and provides real-world examples of YA in action.

This quick assessment enables schools and organizations to identify a baseline for the Youth Activation culture at their school. Teams can identify areas of strength and refine opportunities for improvement to help focus their efforts moving forward.

This quick assessment enables schools and organizations to identify a baseline for the college-going culture at their school. Teams can identify areas of strength and refine opportunities for improvement to help focus their efforts moving forward.

This worksheet supports teams as they identify the top challenges their schools are facing. It provides a framework for teams to define the problem and reflect on the current data.

The Need Assessment helps teams break down the challenge they’ve identified in the Problem Identification Worksheet to better address the needs or “gaps” between the current situation and their desired conditions. With this deeper understanding, teams can plan the action steps necessary to bridge the gap.

SMART goals are critical in effecting change and bridging the gaps identified In the Need Assessment. This SMART goal template helps teams craft and refine robust and actionable SMART goals.

This worksheet supports teams as they identify the top challenges their schools are facing. It provides a framework for teams to define the problem and reflect on the current data.

The Need Assessment helps teams break down the challenge they’ve identified in the Problem Identification Worksheet to better address the needs or “gaps” between the current situation and their desired conditions. With this deeper understanding, teams can plan the action steps necessary to bridge the gap.

Undocumented students can and do attend U.S. colleges and universities! As an undocumented student, you may face similar funding challenges as international and out-of-state students. The following tips can help.

High school students who are undocumented experience additional challenges when making postsecondary plans. Informed with facts, an advisor can help their students better understand options.

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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