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Summer Search is a national youth development organization that helps students from low-income backgrounds strengthen the skills and character traits they need to become college-educated leaders.

An Illustrated Summer Experience

The following is a guest post written by Summer Search New York City high school student Chris R. These words and illustrations were originally given at NYC’s Summer Sendoff Event, celebrating new sophomores before they depart on their summer experiences.


My name is Chris and I’m currently a junior at Bronx Collegiate Academy. I’m also an illustrator and these are my drawings.

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing went your way? Where every time someone asked you a question, you froze? Where you avoided eye contact, where you’d daydream in class, drawing on the side of your paper to pass the time? Well, that was me all the time.

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Every day was one of those days where I beat myself up by calling myself stupid and hating things I did. Continue reading An Illustrated Summer Experience

Partners in Equity

The following is a guest post written by Summer Search Boston alumnus Ronald Germán. Ronald is currently a Sales Consultant at State Street Corporation, the development chair of the Boston Alumni Board, and recently served as co-chair of the 2018 Boston Leadership Dinner.


Summer Search’s mission is to expand educational access and opportunity for all. We like to say, “It’s not about charity. It’s about equity.”

As an alumnus of our Boston program, I can tell you firsthand my life and career have benefitted greatly from my time with Summer Search — from the opportunities, to the connections, to the continuous support and encouragement.

Ronald-and-alumniRonald Germán (second from the right), with friends and Summer Search Boston supporters.

Continue reading Partners in Equity

#Snapshot: College Bound!

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

May 1 was the official deadline for high school seniors across the country to make their college and post-secondary education decisions. Throughout the beginning of the month, many of those students have been taking to social media to celebrate this important milestone, including Summer Searchers!

We’re so proud of all our students, many of whom will be the first in their families to go to college, for taking the next step in their academic journeys!

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What If a Degree was Debt-Free?

The following is an op-ed co-written by Summer Search Philadelphia staff members Sylvia Watts McKinney, Executive Director, and Kaitlin Irvine, College Access and Success Manager.


Earlier this week, high school seniors in Philadelphia and across the U.S. celebrated College Signing Day, the official deadline for most students to make their final decisions about where they’ll be going to college. While those decisions are milestones worth celebrating, it’s important that we as a city, state, and country address the fact that they also come with a significant price tag, which is a challenge for most.

Higher education is a public good, but currently, financial aid, family income, and government support cannot keep up with the rising costs of a post-secondary degree. Imagine if a college education came without crippling costs or long-term debt.

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#Snapshot: An Opportunity to Make a Difference

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

Fatou at the MPSA Conference

This is Summer Search New York City college student Fatoumata Sankare. Earlier this month, she had the opportunity to present her abstract called “Women In Islam: Reclaiming Their Religion” at the 76th annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) conference at the University of Chicago. Continue reading #Snapshot: An Opportunity to Make a Difference

Renewal Award Winners!

Last month, we announced that Summer Search was a finalist in the third annual Renewal Awards, a national competition recognizing local organizations driving positive change in their communities.

Thanks to Allstate, The Atlantic, and everyone in our community who voted for Summer Search, we won the runner-up prize of a $10,000 grant!

Runners UpOn stage at the Renewal Awards ceremony. From left to right: Jillian Hishaw, Esquire from F.A.R.M.S.; Ron Brownstein from The Atlantic; Dominique Stone from Profound Gentlemen; Cynthia Whitfield-Story from Allstate; Sharon de Oliveira from Summer Search; Jeremy Collins from Fugees Family.

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Fighting for Restorative Justice in Oakland

Oakland native and Summer Search Bay Area alumnus Zachary Norris believes that in order to have a strong community, “we need strong community-centered institutions.” And that is exactly what he is trying to do.

As the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Zachary is working with a collaborative of nonprofits to launch Restore Oakland, a new center and effort to begin reinvestment in East Oakland, California.

Zachary NorrisSummer Search Bay Area alumnus Zachary Norris.

Continue reading Fighting for Restorative Justice in Oakland