Diplomas Count 2014: Motivation Matters - Engaging Students, Creating Learners
Published Online: June 2, 2014

Student Voices: The 'Posse' Effect

The Posse Foundation harnesses the power of peer groups to support students on the difficult path from high school to college and then, later on, as they adjust to life and learning on a college campus. High school students from New York City discuss their experiences with the nationally known program.

  • "I feel like I'm going to be a really successful person at college and I'm going to be a really studious person who has this unique bond with each and every one of my posse."

  • "Being in Posse means that I don't have to worry as much."

  • "When I heard about Posse and realized that you could go as a group, that changed my whole mindset because going as a group is stronger than going as one."

  • "I know that when I get homesick I still have a family in my university...I know that I can rely on them."

  • "They'll understand what it's like to be from New York going to school in Indiana that's completely different. And Greencastle, Indiana, it's not even a city."

Photos and Audio: Melanie Burford | Design: Megan Garner

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