The Peer Leader

PeerForward CEO, Gary Linnen Delivers Virtual Keynote Speech

“Everyone’s journey is different” As students advance in their educational journey, the act of reflection becomes essential to discovering the opportunities and inequities that lay ahead. In July, PeerForward CEO Gary Linnen addressed 2,600 college-level attendees of Deloitte’s intern program in a keynote speech in... Read More

Meet Bert, Our Volunteer Spotlight!

Bert Davis Current Occupation: Learning Manager, City of Richmond, Virginia  Recent Workshop Role: Writing Coach Coordinator  Why did you initially decide to volunteer with PeerForward:  “I was working for a bank that was a donor to, what was then, College Summit. They asked for volunteers to participate... Read More

Deloitte Volunteers Make an At-Home Impact

Impact Day is Deloitte’s annual day of service that celebrates our year-round commitment to making an impact that matters. Each year on Impact Day, Deloitte professionals participate in more than 1,000 social impact projects across 80 US cities. This year, our partners at Deloitte answered... Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Hana Visaya

Hana Visaya Current Occupation: Senior Project Manager, RPA Advertising Recent Workshop Role: Writing Coach Coordinator Number of Years Serving: 7 years Why did you initially decide to volunteer with PeerForward: “PeerForward found its’ way into my life during the Spring of 2013. It was still called... Read More

The Class of 2020 is #MovingForward

Our graduating high school Peer Leaders are taking the next big step on their postsecondary path, and we’re thrilled to commemorate this milestone with them! That’s why we launched our #MovingForward campaign, a social media celebration of the colleges, military paths, and exciting opportunities our senior Peer Leaders are pursuing next. Check out their postsecondary paths: Read More

Peer Leaders Adapt Campaigns in Response to COVID-19

When Peer Leaders see their classmates in need of support, they go above and beyond to help their peers through.   That remained true during these uniquely challenging final months of the 2019-20 school year. While schools shifted to online learning in response to COVID-19, Peer Leaders acted fast to understand their classmates’ changing needs, quickly strategizing new ways to help peers stay on... Read More

PeerForward’s New Podcast: “The Perfect Play”

PeerForward is excited to introduce our new podcast, “The Perfect Play,” where we share what students can do to make their next move, their best move! Led by our incredible PeerForward Coaches, each episode takes listeners through uplifting and insightful discussions on navigating college, careers,... Read More

Meet Mi’Jan, Our Alumni Spotlight

College and Major: Bowie State University ‘22, Communications Workshop: St. John’s University, 2017 Workshop Roles: Peer Support Specialist – Daemen College, 2019 Mi’Jan aka “MC” Credle is a social influencer, artist, creator, and all-around good spirit. He speaks with us about Bulldog culture at Bowie State University and... Read More

Meet Tyler Marie, Our Alumni Spotlight.

College and Major: Howard University ‘20, Finance Workshop: University of  Baltimore County, 2015 Workshop Roles: Peer Support Specialist – UMBC, 2016   Why was it important for you to come back and serve on an Alumni Support Team?  It’s the smallest things that make the... Read More

Meet Serenity Strothers, Our Alumni Spotlight

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

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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