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Young Alum Chosen by NBC as Innovator, Game Changer

Alex Peay ’09 was chosen as one of 29 NBCBLK innovators and game changers. He started a Philadelphia nonprofit that builds leaders.

Alex Peay ’09 the founder of Rising Sons, a nonprofit based in Philadelphia, has been selected as one of an inaugural group of young black achievers at NBC News.

According to the national network, “NBCBLK is using the 28 days in the month of February to honor 28 of the nation’s most talented innovators and game changers — all ages 28 years and younger. Beginning February 1st, NBCBLK will reveal one profile each day of the month in honor of these notable entrepreneurs, policy makers, athletes, entertainers, activists, and artists who are making a difference in their communities.” (For leap year, a 29th honoree was added.) Throughout the month, NBCBLK will also be hosting artist chats and social media takeovers using the hashtag #NBCBLK28.

Peay created Rising Sons which while attending Ursinus to build young leaders and to address the lack of support and unity among underprivileged minorities.Rising Sons equips young adults aged 18-35 with the skills to secure competitive jobs through civic engagement. The members create and operate youth programs and community service projects, as well as run workshops for adults and youth on personal and professional development. 

Peay majored in Politics with minors in Media and Communication Studies and American Studies. In addition to his work with Rising Sons, he was also an Admission tour guide, a resident advisor, a member of the judicial board, a member of the Campus Planning and Priority Committee as well as Homecoming king. He received the Teresa L. Urban Leadership Award, was the winner of the Senior Alumni Award and was nominated by his classmates as the student commencement Speaker

In January 2013, Peay was one of 10 winners of the Black Male Engagement (BME) project awards that included a grant backed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achieve­ment, to help continue his work.Peay was honored with the Ursinus College Alumni Award for Service to Humanity in 2014.