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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. Why the new name? Our new name is... Read More

First Year Forward’s Outstanding Ambassadors

Congratulations to our Outstanding Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 school year! These three individuals 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. Each Ambassador shared their own personal college... Read More

PeerForward convenes Activators at Facebook

PeerForward was built on the belief that high school students can solve challenges in their schools and communities, reshaping the future for their classmates and creating a positive learning culture of hope and promise. We recently combined our deep experience coaching and training young adults... Read More

PeerForward Rings Bell to Open Nasdaq

Co-founder and CEO Keith Frome and Brooklyn Prep student Sadeiki Lumsden rang the bell to open the Nasdaq market on Monday, April 16. It was an honor to “ring the bell of opportunity,” as Frome described it, and a wonderful opportunity to share the news... Read More

Not Even a Hurricane Could Stop this PeerForward Team

Rituals define a school. In the mornings at Lake Wales High School, their entire school, grades 9-12, gathers in their gym where they forge their community through presentations and multi-media and in-person performances. It is the major platform for the Lake Wales PeerForward team to stage their college-going campaigns,... Read More

Creative PeerForward Campaigns Driving FAFSA Completion

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key to unlocking funds to pay for college. Yet each year 2.3 million low-income students never apply. But at the American Sign Language and English Secondary School in New York City, where many students are... Read More

Inside Higher Ed Features the Power of Peer Influence

Complex and expensive interventions to close the college degree attainment gap between higher-income students and lower-income students have not yet succeeded. Could it be that a crucial and powerful tactic – the power of peer influence –  has been overlooked for far too long? Inside... Read More

Brookings Institution Highlights PeerForward Success

The prestigious Brookings Institution featured the success of our PeerForward model as a promising, innovative approach to expanding college access and improving public education. “While by no means a silver bullet, students themselves may be an untapped resource that could help transform our public schools,”... Read More

PeerForward and ESI Working Together for Success

PeerForward is excited to announce a new partnership with the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) in New York City. An initiative of the New York City Department of Education since 2011, ESI is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for Black and Latino young men in the... Read More

PeerForward mentors
EdWeek Guest Blog: Can Students Do More?

The core belief of PeerForward is that the power of positive peer influence can help drive up college enrollment and attainment rates for high schools serving students in low-income neighborhoods. In a guest blog post on, co-authored by our CEO and Co-founder Keith Frome and... Read More

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PeerForward Summer Workshop 2018

Keith Frome PBS News Hour

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