John Legend: Fighting for Justice with Love

“Think about how you can use the power of your education to do great things: to highlight important truths, to inspire action, to support a cause that’s close to your heart, whatever that cause may be.”

Those were just a few of the inspiring and thought-provoking words from John Legend, the keynote speaker at Summer Search New York City’s 2016 Leadership Gala.

That’s right, the John Legend! The Academy Award-winning and ten-time Grammy┬« award-winning recording artist, and dedicated philanthropist was kind enough to share his story with a room full of eager and grateful Summer Search students, alumni, staff and supporters on Wednesday night in New York City. Continue reading John Legend: Fighting for Justice with Love

Honest and Heroic Stories

Did you know that on this date one year ago (March 1, 2015), Summer Search Founder Linda Mornell’s book Forever Changed was officially published?

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In honor of the anniversary of this book — Linda’s thoughtfully-crafted collection of some of Summer Search’s most inspiring stories, and magnum opus on the benefits that summer programs and insight mentoring have on young people — we’d like to share a powerful and very personal review of Forever Changed. Continue reading Honest and Heroic Stories

Changing the Narrative: It Takes a Village

Here at Summer Search, we are developing plans to better support our Black and Latino men through our Males of Color Initiative. Specifically, that means enhancing our outreach and enrollment practices to increase the number of Black and Latino male students referred to, and enrolled in Summer Search.

We are also encouraged to see that, across the country, there is a groundswell of recognition of the systemic and institutionalized barriers surrounding these young men, and the need to better serve them. Continue reading Changing the Narrative: It Takes a Village

Ready for the Real World

“Real world” work experience is a term many college students often hear about when applying for jobs. At Summer Search, we’re always looking to find ways to help our students get that experience, both in college and even in high school.

For many years we have been able to leverage our generous network of supporters to connect Summer Searchers in college with internship opportunities. Last year, we had more than 160 students who participated across our seven locations.

One of those students is Summer Search New York City‘s Yomayra Guerrero. Continue reading Ready for the Real World

5 Of Our Favorite Presidential Quotes

As Presidents Day approaches, we thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite presidential quotes. And while there have been many great words of wisdom from the White House over the years, we decided on focus on five that also reflect some of our values and ideals here at Summer Search.

George Washington on the importance of education: Continue reading 5 Of Our Favorite Presidential Quotes

Summer Search + Super Bowl 50

It’s Super Bowl week! #SB50

As the final two teams remaining in the NFL playoffs (the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos) prepare to go head-to-head on the field, we at Summer Search are celebrating the fact that we get to be on the same team as our fellow Super Bowl 50 Fund “Game Changer” Award recipients.

We’re so grateful to have been included in this group of five game-changing Bay Area non-profits who are benefitting from the generosity of what some are calling “the most charitable Super Bowl, ever.”

Watch the Game Changers in action: Continue reading Summer Search + Super Bowl 50

Summer Search at the National Mentoring Summit

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

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