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.
Continue reading The Ripple Effect, Part 1: Natalya + Mila
As you may already know, we at Summer Search are HUGE fans of experiential summer trips. Apparently, so are the fine folks at Roadtrip Nation.
Continue reading Natalie: Code-Tripper
Back to School. It’s just around the corner. For Summer Search’s graduating high school class of 2015, Back to School is a time to take that new, next step forward… onto a college campus.
Of the 484 graduating seniors, 446 are planning to continue on to college. That’s a 92% matriculation rate* for our Summer Searchers, compared to a rate of just 51% for their low income peers nationally.*
Continue reading 2015 College Decisions
Guest post written by Seth James Ellis, Summer Search’s National Director of Alumni Relations and Development.
Seth, pictured here fourth from the left.
The quintessential role of alumni networks — from those at colleges and universities, to large corporations or small nonprofits — is to create lifelong and mutually beneficial relationships between the organization and its alumni.
Continue reading Summer Search Alumni: Giving Back
On this blog a few weeks ago, we announced that we were joining forces with Airbnb as part of their Open Homes program.
Now, in true Airbnb fashion, they have opened their virtual home to us, and have returned the blogging favor!
Continue reading Open Homes, Part 2
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.
Continue reading Constellations of Support: Summer and Beyond
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.
Continue reading Overcoming Obstacles: Down, and Up the Mountain