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The NBA Foundation Announces PeerForward as Grant Recipient

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The NBA Foundation announced today that PeerForward is one of the non-profit institutions selected to receive a grant this season.

Created in August 2020 with a 10-year, $300 million commitment by the 30 NBA team governors, the NBA Foundation is the NBA’s first charitable foundation. This new partnership will uplift and amplify PeerForward’s work, empowering our organization and providing additional resources to meet the needs of rising scholars in today’s challenging education landscape.

PeerForward’s peer-to-peer strategy allows students to receive the training and support they need, whether they’re in high school or in college. The NBA Foundation grant and their multiyear partnership will expand our impact in low-income communities across the U.S. and Bermuda.

“We are proud to support PeerForward in its longstanding endeavors to utilize positive peer influence as a means to mentor and encourage students in our communities to pursue higher education and meaningful career opportunities,” said NBA Foundation Executive Director Greg Taylor. “The organization’s dedication to helping students of color from low-income areas matriculate through college dates back more than two decades, and we look forward to the continued growth of its unique impact on the trajectory of Black youth in the U.S.”

PeerForward’s peer-to-peer strategy shifts the operating systems in schools to be more student-driven, creates a culture where continuing education beyond high school is the expectation, and develops a corps of young leaders of color skilled in leading community change.

PeerForward CEO, Gary Z. Linnen

“PeerForward is grateful for the generosity and support coming from the NBA Foundation. This partnership will help further increase the opportunities for our students, and help them understand the importance of a postsecondary education as a critical pathway to economic mobility.” – Gary Z. Linnen, CEO of PeerForward