Educational Institutions

College Summit, Inc.

  • Washington, DC
  • www.collegesummit.org

Mission Statement

College Summit transforms the lives of low-income youth by connecting them to college and career. In low-income communities across America, College Summit creates a team of high school students who lead their peers to and through college.

Main Programs

  1. College Summit Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

College Summit operates through out the United States.

ruling year

1997

Chief Executive Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Keith Frome Ed.D

Keywords

Self-reported

college access, enrollment, college admission, college counseling, low-income

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EIN

52-2007028

 Number

2481121202

Physical Address

1763 Columbia Road, NW Second Floor

Washington, DC 20009

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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For 20 years, College Summit has harnessed the power of peer influence to plan and execute summer and school-year programming that has placed more than 250,000 students from 500 schools nationwide on the path to college and career success.

Our summer workshops, a staple of the College Summit model, have continued to thrive on college campuses across the country, with a substantial percentage of staff and volunteers having once been Peer Leaders themselves.

In addition to increasing college enrollment rates for partner schools by 20%, our over 80% of students apply to three or more colleges and over 70% apply for FAFSA by the deadline.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

College Summit Programs

College Summit is committed to scaling our impact and increasing the numbers of low-income students enrolling and
succeeding in college. Over the next decade, College Summit and its one-of-a-kind youth-driven college access service will
help 1.8 million students from 1,000 schools across the nation realize their true potential.
Over the past 20 years, College Summit has placed more than 250,000 students from 500 schools nationwide on the path to
college and career success. Partner schools have experienced increases in their college enrollment rate by up to 20 percent.
With the launch of PeerForward, a campaign for the next generation of College Summit, we hope to triple the number of
schools and students served by 2025.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

14,000,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    College Summit is committed to scaling our impact and increasing the numbers of low-income students enrolling and succeeding in college. Over the next decade, College Summit and its one-of-a-kind youth-driven college access service will help 1.8 million students from 1,000 schools across the nation realize their true potential.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    College Summit builds capacity in schools by creating eight-person Peer Leader teams. Key elements of our PeerForward program:

    Summer Workshops - Trains four seniors who return to school and train four juniors

    Educator Training - Trains one professional per school to support campaign development and execution

    Frequent Coaching - College Summit staff on-site as well as through video conference, email and text

    Signaling Materials - Provided by College Summit to increase visibility of campaigns and Peer Leaders

    Digital Curricula - Schools can purchase as an add-on resource

    Peer Leader teams lead three campaigns to increase college enrollment and success:
    1. Applying to three or more colleges
    2. Early filing for financial aid
    3. Connecting academics to college and career
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Thanks to our dedicated staff, passionate volunteers and educators, streamlined fee for service, and investments from a variety of funders, College Summit is on the path to tripling the number of schools and students served by 2025, impacting 1.8 million students from 1,000 schools.

    Informed by data and ideally positioned for tomorrow's economy, PeerForward, a campaign for the next generation of College Summit, connects to students through a hybrid of in-person and remote coaching, maximizing the promise of technology to achieve scale and impact.

    - 2016 school year: 150 Peer Leader teams in 150 schools; 127,000 students impacted
    - 2020 school year: 500 Peer Leader teams in 500 schools; 660,000 students impacted
    - 2025 school year: 1,000 Peer Leader teams in 1,000 schools; 1.8 million students impacted
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our progress is dependent on the success of our Peer Leader team campaigns and the growth of our presence in partner high schools:

    Peer Leader Campaign Metrics:

    1. All students applying to three or more colleges. Simply applying to more colleges measurably increases the chances of enrollment. Increasing the number of college applications submitted from two to three can raise a student's probability of enrollment by 10 percent.

    2. All students file early for financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for need-based financial assistance, yet 2.2 million low-income students never file. Low-income FAFSA filers are more than twice as likely to persist as non-filers and timely filing can double a student's grant funding.

    3. All students connecting academics to college and career. First-generation students often don't connect academic excellence to specific life goals. Our career exploration initiative opens their eyes. Research shows that a student who makes a connection between college and his or her life goals is six times more likely to attain a degree than one who doesn't.

    4. Increases in college enrollment rates in partner high schools by at least 20%.

    School Growth Metrics:

    - 2016 school year: 150 Peer Leader teams in 150 schools; 127,000 students impacted

    - 2020 school year: 500 Peer Leader teams in 500 schools; 660,000 students impacted

    - 2025 school year: 1,000 Peer Leader teams in 1,000 schools; 1.8 million students impacted
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Over the past 20 years, College Summit has placed more than 250,000 students from 500 schools nationwide on the path to college and career success. Partner schools have experienced increases in their college enrollment rate by up to 20 percent.

    With the launch of PeerForward, a campaign for the next generation of College Summit, we hope to triple the number of schools and students served by 2025.
Service Areas

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National

College Summit operates through out the United States.

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Financials

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COLLEGE SUMMIT INC
Fiscal year: May 01-Apr 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

College Summit, Inc.

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Keith Frome Ed.D

BIO

In 1993, based on his experience teaching writing at Harvard College, Keith Frome helped create a college admissions program for disadvantaged high school students that evolved into College Summit. Keith remained actively involved with the organization since its founding, including shepherding the creation of an entire class of mobile and web-based college knowledge apps for low-income students and their families. In 2015, he became College Summit's second-only CEO with a vision to scale the organization's impact on college access and success by leveraging the power of student-driven change.

Prior to his appointment as CEO of College Summit, Keith designed and then led an innovative K-8 school on the east side of Buffalo, NY, the King Center Charter School, successfully creating a college-going culture among that city's at-risk elementary and middle school students. Earlier he served as Headmaster of the Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo and Assistant Headmaster of the Browning School in New York City.

Keith has written two award-winning books on parenting and education and is the co-editor of a book of Civil War poetry, critically recognized for including classics of the genre as well as rare period pieces by African Americans and women. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and holds an Ed.D. in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Owen Ryan

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?