Category Archives: Alumni

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.

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A Powerful Gift for International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and also represents a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

In celebration of this day, luxury artisan jewelry brand John Hardy announced the launch of a social campaign featuring a roster of fifteen women chosen for being catalysts of positive social change, leading by example, and living their values.

One of these notable female icons is fashion model and Summer Search Seattle alumna Ebonee Davis!

Ebonee Davis for John HardyPhoto by Jai Odell. Courtesy of John Hardy.

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#Snapshot: A Summer Search Love Story

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

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This is Summer Search power couple Danny Araniz and Rochelly Fajardo Araniz. They have been married for two-and-a-half years and been together for eight. Both were students in our Boston program and have been leaders in the Summer Search community, serving on Boston’s Alumni Board for a number of years. Continue reading #Snapshot: A Summer Search Love Story

Summer Search Joins Lyft’s Community Week

At Summer Search, we’re always looking for ways to help our students strengthen the skills they need to thrive in school and in life. Sometimes those opportunities come from community partners and organizations in our own backyard – not just in the wilderness of Colorado or the Costa Rican jungle.

Last month, about 15 Summer Search Bay Area college students and alumni were invited to a special career development event at the corporate headquarters of transportation network giant Lyft in San Francisco. Continue reading Summer Search Joins Lyft’s Community Week

Alumna Alex Verheecke Finds Her Voice Through Teaching

Last month we introduced you to Marie Angeles, a Summer Search Seattle alumna who is working to ensure college campuses are inclusive and supportive places for all students. This month, we connected with Bay Area alumna Alex Verheecke who is working on a similar goal, but for her high school students in Northern California.

AlexSummer Search Bay Area alumna Alex Verheecke.

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Community Matters: Rallying Support After the Wildfires

Our hearts are still heavy about the devastating wildfires in the North Bay that have affected so many people.

Fires-SF-ChroniclePhoto courtesy of Peter DaSilva, SF Chronicle.

In difficult times like these, turning to community is more important than ever. At Summer Search, our Bay Area team has been all-hands-on-deck reaching out to our students — many of whom live in the affected areas of Santa Rosa, Napa, and St. Helena — to ensure they and their families are safe, connected to resources, and have space to process together. Continue reading Community Matters: Rallying Support After the Wildfires

A Summer Reflection… 10 Years Later

Reflecting on their lives is a key part of every Summer Searcher’s journey. After our high school sophomores complete their first summer program, they write a reflection letter to process their Summer Search experience thus far.

This is an opportunity to put into words who they are, and to take an honest look back at the challenges, triumphs, and growth that has happened since joining Summer Search. It’s a practice that, alongside their weekly conversations with their mentors, helps students integrate these profound summer experiences into their lives, as well as a chance to practice writing a personal statement for college.

These pieces are generally composed after the summer programs are completed during the start of the students’ junior years. Not everyone writes a reflection ten years later… but that’s just what Bay Area alumnus Alvin Sng did! Continue reading A Summer Reflection… 10 Years Later