#Snapshot: Conquering the Canoe

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

We’re in the heart of our 2016 summer programs. This means that our mentors’ inboxes are being flooded with exciting and inspiring photographic updates from our students along their summer journeys… like this one.

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Summer Searchers in the White House

“There is nothing more important you can do for yourself than get your education.”

Those were just a few of the many meaningful words from First Lady Michelle Obama, as she addressed a room full of college-bound students at the White House during her third annual Beating the Odds Summit, part of her Reach Higher and Better Make Room campaigns.

And two of those students in the audience were Summer Searchers! Brittnee Anderson and Odanel Brito-Sanchez, along with mentor Kaitlin Irvine, joined 130 young men and women from across the country, representing youth who have overcome substantial obstacles to graduate high school and make it to college. Continue reading Summer Searchers in the White House

Seattle Summer Reflections, Part 1

Each summer, our students receive scholarships at the end of their sophomore and junior years in high school to embark on experiential education programs — ranging from wilderness expeditions, to college stays, to international service trips — in order to help broaden their world view and expand what they believe is possible for themselves.

In fact this summer, we are sending more than 1,000 students all over the world! That adds up to a lot of airfare. Continue reading Seattle Summer Reflections, Part 1

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

Committing to Action at CGI America

We recently sent our very own Sandra LaFleur, Vice President of Program, to the Clinton Global Initiative America 2016 (CGI America). Here is what she learned, in her own words. #GuestPost

Last week, I had the privilege of representing Summer Search as I joined more than 1,000 leaders in business, philanthropy, government and nonprofits at the sixth annual CGI America meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

The mission of CGI America is to turn ideas into action. To accomplish this, conference participants create and submit Commitments to Action, a defining feature of CGI America, which are concrete plans that address pressing challenges across a variety of sectors in the United States. The workgroup we participated in focused on critical needs in the college and career readiness space. Continue reading Committing to Action at CGI America

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

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