Narrowing Gaps in Guidance, Career Development, and Staffing

Across the country, educational leaders are advancing initiatives to increase career-connected advising and internship opportunities for both high school and college students. However, many public high schools and colleges, especially those serving high concentrations of students from low-income communities, do not actually have the resources to provide these opportunities to all of their students.

In this policy report, we examine how best practice peer-to-peer postsecondary advising programs are a cost-effective solution that simultaneously expands advising capacity, creates internships, and generates a diverse talent pipeline for counseling and advising fields.

The report includes recommendations for scaling peer-to-peer programs across the country, in order to close equity gaps, increase student retention and success, and broaden pathways that lead to satisfying and family-sustaining careers among young people from low-income communities.

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