Seattle Summer Reflections, Part 2 – Madison

This summer we introduced you to three Seattle high school students who were preparing to embark on their second summer experiences. Now that they have returned home, let’s check in with one of them — Madison — and see how her summer went!

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#Snapshot: NOLS and Zion

Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a glimpse of what’s going on at Summer Search.

Earlier this summer, we shared a few of our favorite summer partner shout outs that we received from our friends at Chewonki and Amigos de las Américas. Well, we just got another one, this time from National Outdoor Leadership School, better known as NOLS!

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Ingredients for Success

“Can you believe how lucky I am? How incredible is it to be able to come to work every day and work side-by-side with someone like Annissa?”

Those are the words of Summer Search Bay Area Board Member and socially-conscious entrepreneur Andy Mercy, speaking about his partnership with North Bay alumna Annissa Byrd.

The work Andy is referring to is his newest business, a global mash-up restaurant called Dabba that opened in July in downtown San Francisco—just a few blocks from Summer Search’s National Office—with Annissa as its manager! Continue reading Ingredients for Success

#ICYMI: Summer Partner Love

“ICYMI” is the hip, social-media-shortened way to say “in case you missed it.”

#ICYMI, over the course of the summer, we’ve received a couple of amazing shout outs on social media from our summer program partners!

Right before summer kicked off, a few members of the Chewonki team stopped by our Boston office for a pre-expedition orientation for our students. Continue reading #ICYMI: Summer Partner Love

#Snapshot: Conquering the Canoe

Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a glimpse of what’s going on at Summer Search.

We’re in the heart of our 2016 summer programs. This means that our mentors’ inboxes are being flooded with exciting and inspiring photographic updates from our students along their summer journeys… like this one.

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Summer Searchers in the White House

“There is nothing more important you can do for yourself than get your education.”

Those were just a few of the many meaningful words from First Lady Michelle Obama, as she addressed a room full of college-bound students at the White House during her third annual Beating the Odds Summit, part of her Reach Higher and Better Make Room campaigns.

And two of those students in the audience were Summer Searchers! Brittnee Anderson and Odanel Brito-Sanchez, along with mentor Kaitlin Irvine, joined 130 young men and women from across the country, representing youth who have overcome substantial obstacles to graduate high school and make it to college. Continue reading Summer Searchers in the White House

Seattle Summer Reflections, Part 1

Each summer, our students receive scholarships at the end of their sophomore and junior years in high school to embark on experiential education programs — ranging from wilderness expeditions, to college stays, to international service trips — in order to help broaden their world view and expand what they believe is possible for themselves.

In fact this summer, we are sending more than 1,000 students all over the world! That adds up to a lot of airfare. Continue reading Seattle Summer Reflections, Part 1