PeerForward trains and deploys Peer Leaders, who are high school students, with the aim of helping others prepare for college and understand the enrollment process. Peer Leaders are tasked with bringing their classmates together so they can realize their potential and begin working toward promising careers in the industries of their choosing.
As part of the program, College Summit has developed partnerships with schools throughout the United States, using them to identify groups of students who others respect. These groups, typically comprised of four 12th graders, then undertake training programs held at participating college campuses to develop not only their own understanding of the admissions process, but also their leadership skills.
From there, 12th graders train 11th graders who have also been selected by the PeerForward program while working alongside advisors on campus to plan campaigns for the year ahead. Split into three groups, these campaigns revolve around encouraging students to apply to at least three colleges, helping them file for financial aid as early as possible, and understand how academic achievement is connected to realizing life goals.