The Power of Student Peer Leaders

Moises Urena is a junior at the State University of New York at Albany majoring in human development. He spends much of his spare time mentoring other students and plans to pursue a career in higher education administration.

Four years ago, his future was far less clear.

He had no plans for college. During his first two years attending high school in New York, he and his mother experienced periods of homelessness, and his home life was full of stress. He skipped class regularly. In his junior year, however, he became serious about his education. “After I became homeless, I realized the only constant in my life had been school and that’s something I should stick to,” he said.

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