Category Archives: Alumni

What Altruism Means to Me: a Reflection of a Boston Alumnus

The following is an excerpt of an email written by Summer Search Boston alumnus Francisco Rodriguez after a meeting with Summer Search staff, Ines Ariceta and Seth James Ellis. Lightly edited and shared with permission.


Ines and Seth,

I always relish those opportunities in which I can reconnect with Summer Search. You mentioned to me that Summer Search recruits its alumni (for staff roles) differently than it would other people. You said that the approach is one that must be different because to alumni, Summer Search feels like a family business. Continue reading What Altruism Means to Me: a Reflection of a Boston Alumnus

Black Girl Magic in the Fashion Industry

Last week we shared a story about Justin Bethune, a Summer Search Bay Area alumnus who created an empowering photo project aimed countering the negative stereotypes surrounding Black men often shown by the media.

While Justin is behind the camera in his work challenging racial biases and perceptions, Summer Search Seattle alumna and fashion model Ebonee Davis is using her platform in front of the camera to speak up against racial injustice.

Ebonee Davis passionately sharing her story at a recent TEDx Talk event at the University of Nevada.

Continue reading Black Girl Magic in the Fashion Industry

Black Male Voices Inspire Bay Area Alumnus Justin Bethune

“I’ve decided to dedicate my life to taking positive images of Black men and creating a platform for their voices to be heard.”

Those are the determined words of Summer Search Bay Area alumnus Justin Bethune. At the start of Black History Month this year, Justin announced in a post on Medium that he was launching The Bethune Project, a photo campaign on Instagram.

Justin-BethuneSummer Search Bay Area alumnus Justin Bethune.

Continue reading Black Male Voices Inspire Bay Area Alumnus Justin Bethune

Ivan Lopez: An Artist’s Inspiration

If you walk into our Summer Search office in Oakland, one thing you’ll see, along with our mentors and students buzzing around, is a large, colorful mural that adorns the wall of our glass-enclosed conference room.

Not only a beautiful addition to our office space, this work of art has significant meaning behind it — it was conceived of and painted specifically for Summer Search by Bay Area alumnus, and local artist, Ivan Lopez. Continue reading Ivan Lopez: An Artist’s Inspiration

Hermese Velasquez Takes the Lead in Boston

At Summer Search, we unleash the next generation of diverse leaders on the world. We help young people from low-income backgrounds transform what they believe is possible for themselves so they can develop the skills needed to earn a college degree and go on to change the face of leadership in their communities and our country.

Enter Boston alumna Hermese Velasquez. Continue reading Hermese Velasquez Takes the Lead in Boston

Thanking Your Mentor

At Summer Search, gratitude is part of everything we do. One of our core values is to “say thank you seven times.”

So, while that means we don’t need an excuse to express gratitude, we were beyond excited that yesterday was “Thank Your Mentor Day” (part of National Mentoring Month)!

This was an opportunity for our students, alumni, and staff to reflect on the ways their lives have benefited from a caring, supportive relationship with a mentor, and for them to say thank you. Continue reading Thanking Your Mentor

2016: Year in Review

Happy 2017, Summer Search family!

As we close the books on 2016, we are taking a look back at our most popular, inspiring, and memorable blog stories from the past year.

Let’s get right to it…

John Legend: Fighting for Justice With Love

John Legend Continue reading 2016: Year in Review