L.A. Works Partners with College Summit Southern California


College Summit is a national nonprofit that transforms the lives of low-income youth by developing a corps of high school students who lead their peers to and through college. Last year they served more than 4,000 students at 14 high schools across Los Angeles, and more than 50,000 nationwide in 15 states.

This past summer, volunteers gave more than 2,700 volunteering hours at the Southern California region’s Peer Leader Workshops. During these weekend-long college-going boot camps, our rising seniors become “Peer Leaders” as they gain knowledge and tools to get themselves and their friends to college. Volunteer Writing Coaches spent four days over extended weekends working with groups of four to five Peer Leaders, helping them develop their first personal statement.

“My Workshop experience with College Summit was outstanding,” said David Rowe, Graduate Admissions Operations Coordinator at California Lutheran University. “I never thought that I would learn so much from, and grow so close to these students, in such a short period of time. These students give off such a contagious energy, that each moment was filled with excitement and possibility.”

To keep the momentum going after another successful summer of workshops training 200 Peer Leaders, College Summit is planning its next volunteering opportunity: College Applications Season.

Join College Summit to work one-on-one with high school seniors, helping them fill out and submit their online college applications. Events take place at the high schools in October and November, daytime and evenings. No training is necessary.

For more information about volunteering with College Summit, email Brian Rosenbaum, Community Engagement Coordinator, at brosenbaum@collegesummit.org.