Category Archives: Summer Trips

Thank You x7

‘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
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#Snapshot: Trip Maps

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).
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SAT Vocab, Summer Search Style

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.
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The Ripple Effect, Part 1: Natalya + Mila

One of the many great things about the work that we do is getting to see our Summer Searchers grow right before our eyes. As our mission states, we help young people develop the skills they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities. And since we have been around for 25 years, we have been fortunate to see a LOT of growth, and a LOT of giving back.
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Constellations of Support: Summer and Beyond

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.
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Overcoming Obstacles: Down, and Up the Mountain

As we highlighted in a previous post, wilderness programs make up about 58% of our 2015 summer trips. One recent wilderness trip, organized by Outward Bound California (OBCA), took a group of students from our three Bay Area sites for two weeks of backpacking and rock climbing in the Sierra National Forest.
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Now Departing: Summer Trips 2015

One of the cornerstones of the Summer Search model is, as our name suggests, our summer trips! We send our students on two challenging summer experiences during their sophomore and junior years of high school. These trips give our young travelers the chance to take healthy risks, develop their leadership skills and discover strength and confidence that they never knew they had. Basically, they find their inner superstar… and soar! #LifeChanging

Starting June 8, our students began departing on their 2015 summer trips. Here is a snapshot of our entire summer.
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