The Power of Student Peer Leaders
David Bornstein, The New York Times
Four years ago, college was not on the radar for Moises Urena. During his first two years attending high school in New York, he experienced periods of homelessness, and his home life was full of stress. He skipped class regularly.
Today, Urena is a junior at the State University of New York at Albany. He credits his transformation to an organization called PeerForward, which helps students from low-income backgrounds plan for success after high school. The effort also trains students to be peer leaders so they can guide fellow students to apply for college or plan for postsecondary vocations.