“When I talk about Summer Search, I talk about the whole experience I got both those summers. I talk about the mentoring experience and how I’m able to sit down with someone to talk about my overall life trajectory and experiences; where I stand, and where I hope to be and how I am going to progress.”
That was Summer Search Boston college student Mahdi Mohammed talking to his College Success Mentor, Nate Campbell. The two of them have had many conversations over the years. But this particular one — on a stage and in front of hundreds of people — was a little different.
At last year’s Leadership Dinner in Boston, Mahdi and Nate volunteered to participate in a live question and answer discussion to talk about Summer Search, and give those in attendance an idea of what a mentoring relationship looks like as well as provide a glimpse at both the student and staff perspective. Continue reading A Conversation Between Mentor and Mentee
After months of anticipation, the time has come to welcome our new CEO, Dr. Marc Spencer, as he officially steps into his role.
He can’t wait to get started.
“This is an exciting time at Summer Search. We have an incredible opportunity to think strategically about scaling for the future to serve more young people. I’m honored to have the chance to lead Summer Search’s next phase of growth and impact.” – Dr. Marc Spencer. Continue reading Introducing Dr. Marc Spencer, CEO
Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a glimpse of what’s going on at Summer Search.
This is Alexandria Hartwell. Alex, as she likes to be called, is a Summer Search Bay Area college student currently in her fourth year at UC Davis as a managerial economics major. Continue reading #Snapshot: Alex in Paris
Last week we shared a story about Justin Bethune, a Summer Search Bay Area alumnus who created an empowering photo project aimed countering the negative stereotypes surrounding Black men often shown by the media.
While Justin is behind the camera in his work challenging racial biases and perceptions, Summer Search Seattle alumna and fashion model Ebonee Davis is using her platform in front of the camera to speak up against racial injustice.
Ebonee Davis passionately sharing her story at a recent TEDx Talk event at the University of Nevada.
Continue reading Black Girl Magic in the Fashion Industry
This is a guest post written by Summer Search alumnus Edgar Garcia, who recently produced the video below for our National Alumni Matching Gift Challenge. Edgar is a freelance video producer. More information about his work can be found on his website.
My name is Edgar Garcia. I am a 2006 Summer Search alumnus and I produced the video you just watched. It will be distributed throughout the National Alumni Network to promote this unique opportunity for Summer Search. Not only did I get to work on this video, but I’ve also had the pleasure of being involved in many other great projects for Summer Search. Continue reading Behind the Camera, Giving Back
At Summer Search, mentoring is a huge part of what we do and why our students are successful. We partner each Summer Searcher with a staff mentor who builds an authentic and long-lasting relationship in order to provide individualized support to help them succeed, not only at school, but at home and in their communities.
We’re fortunate to have recently had two high profile opportunities to step forward as a leader in the field, alongside a few of our partners, and share our mentoring stories. Continue reading Conversations on Mentoring
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