The following is a guest post written by Niles Xi’an Lichtenstein, entrepreneur and Summer Search Bay Area alumnus. It was originally shared at a Summer Search fundraising event. Lightly edited and shared with permission.
Hi everyone, I’m Niles Lichtenstein, a Summer Search Bay Area alum.
While ‘Summer Search Alum’ is an amazing title to have, perhaps the best title I’ve recently received was the title of ‘Dad’ to my wonderful daughter Genevieve, who we call ‘Evie’.
Evie was born 11 months ago and upon her birth, my mother, as she smiled at a future generation strong female, said something profound to me. She said that “having a granddaughter felt like having a second chance.”
“A second chance for what?” I asked her.
“A second chance to give Evie all the things I couldn’t always give you,” she replied. Continue reading One Chance to Make Change
Has anyone ever asked you, ‘What is Summer Search?’
If so, our brand new student recruitment video offers an authentic, first-hand look at what it’s like to be a Summer Searcher!
From empowering summer opportunities, to strong mentoring relationships and friendships, to impactful post-secondary support, you’ll hear about it all! Continue reading This is Summer Search (Video)
Summer Search has officially closed our 2019 summer travel season, with our last group of students returning home from their challenging and empowering summer experiences last month.
In the end, nearly 900 high school Summer Searchers received full scholarships to attend experiential education programs all over the world – ranging from wilderness expeditions, to academic programs, to international cultural and service trips.
Students (and a few staff members) on summer experiences in Thailand and Ghana with The Fuller Center for Housing, in Tahoe with the Gateway Mountain Center, and at the University of Delaware’s Edge Summer College Program.
Congratulations to every single Summer Search student who embarked on a summer adventure, took risks, and achieved incredible accomplishments! Continue reading Summer 2019: A Look Back
The following is a guest post written by members of our Summer Search Bay Area team, as part of their Summer Experience Challenge campaign.
Summer 2019 is off and running! At Summer Search, this means we’ve got 1,000 young people scattered across the country and the world on powerful experiential journeys.
It’s not only an exciting time for our students, but also for our staff! We sat down with a few members of our Summer Search Bay Area team to learn what goes into preparing for a summer experience, and what makes these trips truly transformative for our young people.
In our conversation, we explore how mentors and summer programs staff work together to equip students with agency, efficacy, and a sense of expansiveness from the moment they join Summer Search and through the years of mentorship that follow. Read more to see powerful examples of each and learn how Summer Search’s mentoring supports our students in integrating these profound experiences into their lives.
From left to right, top to bottom: Summer Search mentors Brian Mertens, Yining Chiu, Mira Fielding, and Nicol Gaffney.
Continue reading Making Summer Transformative – A Mentor’s Perspective
Summer is calling and we must go!
Earlier this month, our first wave of students departed for their summer adventures — the first of 1,000 Summer Searchers* that will be taking on the world this summer!
A signature component of the Summer Search program, all sophomore and junior high school students receive full scholarships to attend experiential education programs, ranging from wilderness expeditions, to academic programs, to international service trips.
Students on a wilderness and service trip with Deer Hill Expeditions.
Continue reading Summer 2019: Now Departing
There’s a popular saying that “the path to success is not a straight line.” At Summer Search, we support our young people on their journeys to success, which can indeed take many different pathways, twists, and turns.
Arsel Perez is deeply committed to helping his family, while also striving to find his “dream career” and securing his own successful future.
Arsel Perez speaking at the 2016 Summer Search North Bay Dinner.
Continue reading Arsel Perez: Finding His Path
It’s the heart of spring, and summer is around the corner… and our Summer Search family just got a whole lot bigger!
Summer Search Seattle students at their Sophomore Orientation Workshop.
For the past several months, our staff has worked diligently to make preparations to welcome a new class of high school sophomores, the Class of 2021, into our program.
Across the network, Summer Search accepted more than 600* amazing young people! Continue reading Sophomore Season 2019
In our Summer Search Boston office, we have a bell outside of one of the conference rooms. When a student makes a big decision, achieves a milestone, or completes their final check-in before their summer experience, the student announces their accomplishment in front of the entire office, and then rings the bell as a triumphant punctuation.
A few months ago, Boston Latin high school senior Ian Lee rang the bell to announce — in his own quiet, yet confident way — that he had earned a QuestBridge scholarship (a.k.a. a full ride) to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (a.k.a. MIT)!
Ring that bell young man!
Watch Ian’s announcement.
Continue reading I’m Just Me, Doing My Part
Even though it’s officially fall, we wanted to throw it back to a few (of so many) great moments from our 2018 summer travel season.
So, in case you missed it (ICYMI), here are some photos of our Summer Searchers who traveled all over the country and world to participate in empowering and inspiring experiences. Thanks to all of our amazing Summer Partners and supporters for making these opportunities possible. Continue reading #ICYMI: Summer 2018
Meet Anh, Daniela, and Jennifer — three Summer Search Bay Area students who completed their first summer experiences this summer!
This is a particularly important milestone because students embark on their first summer experiences shortly after joining Summer Search as sophomores, sometimes unsure of what to expect. The challenges they face and the growth they experience sets the foundation for intensive mentoring when they return.
From left to right: Anh, Daniela, and Jennifer.
Now as high school juniors, they have been partnering with their mentor to reflect on and learn from their triumphs and setbacks… and were kind enough to share some of their personal reflections with us. Continue reading 2018 Summer Reflections