Category Archives: High School

Group Mentoring: Benefitting Students and Mentors Alike

The student-mentor relationship is the heart of the Summer Search experience.

In our traditional one-on-one mentoring model, high school students talk with their individual mentor by phone about once per week, beginning in their sophomore year and continuing through college matriculation. During these calls, students and mentors build a foundation of trust and support that helps students achieve their dreams of becoming college graduates and socially-responsible leaders.

However, this journey looks a little different for one group of about 60 Summer Searchers. Continue reading Group Mentoring: Benefitting Students and Mentors Alike

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

I am a Mentor, 2017

Mentoring is a critical component in young people’s lives, helping them make the decisions that ultimately lead to improved opportunities and connections, which has an impact in real life.

As part of part of National Mentoring Month, today is “I am a Mentor Day.” This is a chance for the dedicated people who are making those real life impacts to step into the spotlight and talk about why they choose to be a mentor, and how doing so has impacted their own lives.

Here are three Summer Search mentors who were kind enough to share their stories. #MentorIRL Continue reading I am a Mentor, 2017

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

#Snapshot: Rappelling in Philly, Redux

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

Kaylah Building Adventure 2016

Do not attempt to adjust your screens. That really is Summer Search Philadelphia high school junior Kaylah about to rappel 31 stories down the side of a building! Continue reading #Snapshot: Rappelling in Philly, Redux

NFL-Sized Support

The 2016 National Football League (NFL) season is in full swing! It’s the time of year when fans all over the country, including many of our own students, alumni, staff, and supporters, take pride in rooting for their favorite teams.

Each NFL team, as well as the league itself, also takes pride in giving back to the communities in which they play and represent.

Last year, we were incredibly fortunate to have been chosen as one of the Super Bowl 50 Fund’s game-changing organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This season, Summer Search is again fortunate to be receiving similarly game-changing support from two different NFL teams! Continue reading NFL-Sized Support

Texting for Success

At Summer Search, we’re committed to providing students the best experience in their journey toward college success. A big part of that commitment means meeting students where they are. Well, one place they are, is on their phones, texting.

That’s why last year Summer Search partnered with texting platform technology company Signal Vine to launch a pilot program in the Bay Area aimed at helping our students take timely action on important milestones in their Summer Search journey and the college application process. Continue reading Texting for Success