Category Archives: High School

Press Play >> College Bound – Update

A few months ago, we introduced you to seven Summer Searchers in a series of podcast-style conversations called Press Play, where they talked with their mentors about their college-bound journeys.
Press Play Episode One »
Press Play Episode Two »

At the time, most of these high school seniors had not yet made their final decisions about where they would be going to school in the fall.

Well, those college decisions have been made! So let’s see where these seven students are going, and what they have been up to. Continue reading Press Play >> College Bound – Update

Speaking Up in Philly

Our mission is to help our students become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities. That means every Summer Searcher is a leader, and their leadership can take many forms.

One way they can lead is by speaking up, by lending their voices to issues that are important to them, no matter how difficult, uncomfortable or emotional.

Recently, two Philadelphia Summer Searchers had opportunities to do just that, to speak up and be vocal and visible leaders in their community. Continue reading Speaking Up in Philly

2016 Summer Travelers

Summer is officially here!

For many, this means vacations, barbecues and relaxing days at the beach are on the itinerary.

Now, while those kinds of things are all well and good, what we are MOST excited about this time of year is the chance for our Summer Searchers — who are mostly first-generation college-bound students from low-income communities — to each have a challenging and transformative summer experience. Continue reading 2016 Summer Travelers

Our Growing Family

The Summer Search family just got a whole lot bigger!

PH-2016-Sophs-crop-1Philadelphia’s new sophomores, with a few mentors sprinkled in, having fun at their Outward Bound fitness event.

Every spring, we welcome a new class of high school sophomores into our program — a new group of remarkable young people with the potential for great things. Continue reading Our Growing Family

#Snapshot: Decision Day

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

It’s college decision time!

NYC-lettersNew York City’s wall of college acceptance letters

Yesterday, May 1, was National College Decision Day, Continue reading #Snapshot: Decision Day

College Signing Day with the First Lady

On Tuesday, April 26, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Harlem and was joined by dozens of celebrities and thousands of New York City high school seniors to celebrate National College Signing Day. And Summer Search was there, too!

Continue reading College Signing Day with the First Lady

A Partner and Advocate for Malden Students

Guest post written by Dana Brown, principal of Malden High School in Massachusetts and Summer Search Boston volunteer leader and advocate.

Reblogged from the Malden Observer, originally published on March 27, 2016.


Malden High School has the most diverse student body in all of Massachusetts but it’s also one of the region’s most economically disadvantaged schools. Our students are caught in the middle. Continue reading A Partner and Advocate for Malden Students

Press Play >> College Bound, Ep. 2

Last week, we debuted the first episode of our Press Play series, where a few Summer Search high school seniors sat down with their mentors to discuss the journey to becoming a college-bound leader.

Well, we’re back this week with College Bound, Episode 2! So once again, sit back, relax and press play: Continue reading Press Play >> College Bound, Ep. 2

Press Play >> College Bound, Ep. 1

At Summer Search, our mentors and College Access and Success staff form deep connections with our students. They work step-by-step with them to build college-going mindsets and behaviors, and to navigate the process that will ultimately lead them on the path to college. And it works!

We asked a few of our high school seniors to sit down with their mentors to discuss their college-bound journeys. Our students even got to flip the script and ask some interview-style questions of their own!

So, sit back, relax, press play and enjoy listening to College Bound, Episode One: Continue reading Press Play >> College Bound, Ep. 1

Ready for the Real World

“Real world” work experience is a term many college students often hear about when applying for jobs. At Summer Search, we’re always looking to find ways to help our students get that experience, both in college and even in high school.

For many years we have been able to leverage our generous network of supporters to connect Summer Searchers in college with internship opportunities. Last year, we had more than 160 students who participated across our seven locations.

One of those students is Summer Search New York City‘s Yomayra Guerrero. Continue reading Ready for the Real World