Category Archives: Alumni

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

#ICYMI: Bao-Tram’s Beautiful Narrative

#ICYMI, over the last few weeks, we’ve been spreading some holiday cheer by sharing the faces and stories of Summer Searchers whose lives have been forever changed by their hard work in our program.

We kicked off our end-of-year giving campaign on #GivingTuesday with this inspiring photo and quote from first-generation college graduate and Summer Search Seattle alumna extraordinaire, Bao-Tram Do. Continue reading #ICYMI: Bao-Tram’s Beautiful Narrative

#Snapshot: Getting Political

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

The eyes of the nation are fixed on Election Day on November 8, which will bring an end of one of the craziest presidential races in history.

As a counter to all of the campaign controversy, we wanted to shine the light on a few of our own, hard-working young Summer Search leaders, who have stepped into the political arena and are looking to make an impact. Continue reading #Snapshot: Getting Political

Behind the Camera, Giving Back

This is a guest post written by Summer Search alumnus Edgar Garcia, who recently produced the video below for our National Alumni Matching Gift Challenge. Edgar is a freelance video producer. More information about his work can be found on his website.


My name is Edgar Garcia. I am a 2006 Summer Search alumnus and I produced the video you just watched. It will be distributed throughout the National Alumni Network to promote this unique opportunity for Summer Search. Not only did I get to work on this video, but I’ve also had the pleasure of being involved in many other great projects for Summer Search. Continue reading Behind the Camera, Giving Back

Claiming Excellence: How Our Alumni Help Us Better Serve Our Black and Latino Males

Guest post written by our own Antonio Brown, National Males of Color Initiative Coordinator.

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Reblogged from the National Mentoring Resource Center Blog, originally published on September 12, 2016.


Claim excellence is a core value at Summer Search. As you walk through our offices, you see these words written on the walls as a reminder of this commitment to our communities. Continue reading Claiming Excellence: How Our Alumni Help Us Better Serve Our Black and Latino Males