As we wrap up National Mentoring Month, we recently sent our very own Sandra LaFleur, Vice President of Program, to the 2016 National Mentoring Summit. Here is what she learned, in her own words:
This year, the national mentoring “movement” is recognizing its 25th anniversary. This milestone is very special to me personally, because my own career in youth development began around the same time.
Back then, I was fresh out of graduate school, taking what I thought would be a short break before resuming my doctoral studies. I took the opportunity to work for an organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters, where I felt I could apply my talents, stretch my brain and feed my soul. At the time, “mentoring” was quickly becoming a buzzword, and with the recent release of groundbreaking research validating the impact of mentoring on youth outcomes, those were exciting times of growth and promise. Continue reading Summer Search at the National Mentoring Summit
Last week, Summer Search was invited to participate in an engaging online conversation about one of our favorite topics…
In honor of National Mentoring Month, our friends at iMentor hosted the #Mentor4Success Twitter Chat. They invited several organizations (including both mentoring orgs and their supporting partners, like the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation) for a discussion about ideas and key issues surrounding the importance of mentoring in youth development, as well as ways to work together to improve outcomes for young people across the country.
Here are some of the highlights… Continue reading Mentoring For Success
In 2015, Summer Search became a proud recipient of the Super Bowl 50 Fund’s “Game Changer” Award, a $500,000 grant over three years to support our Bay Area students. As the name suggests, this grant is a real game changer for our Bay Area sites, as it will allow us to serve even more students who are, in turn, changing the game and the status quo for their own lives and their communities.
One such game changer is Alexis Flores.
When we first met Alexis, he was as a self-conscious 15 year-old who was buried in his schoolwork and chores, unaware of the opportunities around him and unsure of his own leadership potential. Continue reading Alexis: Game Changer
As part of National Mentoring Month, today we’re continuing to celebrate “I am a Mentor Day,” when mentors everywhere are encouraged to share their stories about why they do what they do, and the impact that being a mentor has had on their lives. #NationalMentoringMonth
Check out Emily’s story from earlier today »
As Summer Search’s mentors prepare to interview new high school sophomores (who are hoping to become Summer Searchers), we’re flipping the script on our mentors and interviewing THEM about their own mentoring experiences. Here’s what a few of them said… Continue reading I am a Mentor
As part of National Mentoring Month, today, January 14, we’re celebrating “I am a Mentor Day,” when mentors everywhere are encouraged to share their stories about why they do what they do, and the impact that being a mentor has had on their lives. #NationalMentoringMonth
The following is a guest post written by Emily Edwards, Summer Search’s National Deputy Chief Development Officer, and a mentor to many students and alumni in Boston over her 16-year Summer Search career.
Jay Jacobs (founder of Summer Search Boston and former CEO) and I first met Lunide when she was a freshmen in high school. Continue reading Emily and Lunide – Building Together
It’s the new year, and here at Summer Search that means we are getting ready to interview and enroll new students into our program.
January is also National Mentoring Month, as proclaimed by President Obama, where many different organizations shine the light on the importance of mentoring relationships in young people’s lives. #NationalMentoringMonth
We asked a few of our alumni and current college students if they had any advice for our new Summer Searchers as they begin their journeys creating foundational relationships with their mentors, and one theme kept “reaching out” at us… Continue reading When In Doubt, Reach Out
‘Tis the season for giving thanks!
Here at Summer Search, we love saying “thank you.” In fact, one of our core values is to “say ‘Thank You’ seven times.”
But why seven times? This concept came from our founder Linda Mornell, who never asked for more support until she said “thank you,” seven times. So, while this idea was initially conceived as a fundraising tactic, it has inspired an organizational-wide culture of gratitude.
In that spirit, here are seven messages of thanks, from seven great, and grateful, Summer Searchers. #ThankYouX7
Continue reading Thank You x7
Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a little slice of what’s going on at Summer Search.
Today’s #Snapshot showcases our cross-country collaboration, featuring our Group Mentoring cohorts, made up of students from Chelsea High School (from our Boston site) and Oakland High School (from our San Francisco site).
Continue reading #Snapshot: Trip Maps
With SAT season getting underway next week (the first test of the new academic year is Oct. 3!!), high school students across the country are preparing to take the nation’s most widely used college admission test.
For those of us who have already taken the SATs, each year we breathe a sigh of relief for the fact that we no longer have to spend time memorizing formidable (causing fear or apprehension) lists of vocabulary words.
Continue reading SAT Vocab, Summer Search Style
We like to say that we build “constellations of support” for each student that joins Summer Search. The anchor of that support comes from our professional mentors, who work side-by-side with our rising stars to advise, coach and challenge them on their paths towards college success.
Continue reading Constellations of Support: Summer and Beyond